By Joel Clinger for Main Street Preps and The Robertson County Connection’
The Cheatham County softball team faced the Lady Devils in the first round of the District 9-AA tournament Wednesday just nine days after falling to them on senior night. The Lady Cubs held a 3-0 lead in that game but were unable to hold on.
On Wednesday, they made the plays when they needed to and advanced to the winners’ bracket with a 9-1 win.
“I was really proud of them,” Cheatham County head coach Jahcenda Garrett said. “Beginning of the season, towards the middle, they couldn’t finish a game. Them coming out here and getting that win after we lost to them when we knew we shouldn’t have lost to them that last time, it’s really good.”
Cheatham County started the scoring with two runs in the third inning and held off any White House comeback attempt. The Lady Cubs added four more in the fifth and three in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Macie Harter (two), Ansley Pfeffer (two), Harper Dee, Natalie Davenport, Abbigail Cannon and Bailey Cohen, all scored runs for the Lady Cubs. Harliann Gibbs got the start on the mound, pitching four scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
This is the first district tournament win for Garrett in her three-year tenure with the Lady Cubs. She said it will be easier heading to the next round with no possibility of being eliminated, and they get to play and go home early.
“We’re going to have to be back out here at 4 o’clock tomorrow, but it’s so much easier,” Garrett said. “I like it a lot, and we’re done by six o’clock.”
The Lady Cubs will face the regular-season district champion Lady Patriots of White House Heritage. Garrett said her focus will be on the simple things.
“Making the plays we’re supposed to make and timely hitting, if we can do that, we can play with anybody in the district,” Garrett said.
White House had opportunities to get on the board but just could not get the runners home. They left a total of six runners on base from the third inning to the sixth.
“I was disappointed,” White House head coach Cindy Towers said. “We are a better team than what we showed today. We didn’t capitalize on situations that we should have. We just didn’t play smart ball.”
The fourth-seeded Lady Devils fall to the losers’ bracket where they await the loser of the Westmoreland-Greenbrier game.
“We’re at the bottom now,” Towers said. “We’re going to have to fight and scratch. It’s not that it’s impossible. It’s possible, but it’s going to be tough.”