By Thomas Sellers Jr.
“It takes two,” is a common phrase about relationships and is also a well known song.
The slogan might as well been the rally-cry for the Munford Lady Cougars Thursday night at the Munford Softball Field. It was a pair of runs that gave the Lady Cougars a 2-0 lead early in the District 13-3A Tournament title game.
The Dyer County Lady Choctaws evened the score at 2-2 in the second inning. That remained the score until the bottom of the sixth inning.
After loading the bases with no outs, the Lady Cougars faced a two-out situation with McKenzie Pugh stepping to the plate.
“I was so nervous,” Pugh acknowledged. “I was due for a hit. I just wanted to come through for my team. It was really ugly but it got the job done.”
The game-winning hit that drove in two runners wasn’t ugly to Munford Head Coach Glenn Goulder and the rest of the team. Pugh’s two-run single brought the beautiful gold plaque back to Munford courtesy of a 4-2 score.
Lady Cougar hurler and tournament MVP Sam Scott shut down Dyer County in the top of the seventh to ceil the championship and a top seed in this week’s Region 7-3A Tournament.
Munford’s road to the District 13-3A title started with a win over the Hardin County Lady Tigers. Then after a victory over Dyer County in the Semifinals, the Lady Cougars had to wait on the winner of Wednesday night’s game.
The Lady Choctaws were the survivors beating Hardin County. Munford started the championship game with a couple of runners on base. Lady Cougar catcher Peyton Joyner slapped a single to drive in two runners.
“This was a team win and a team effort,” Joyner said. “I did my best to help us win district and give us a good chance at reaching State for our seniors. We want them to go to State all four years.”
After Joyner did her part to help her team win, the Munford defense had to step up after Dyer County tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning.
The Lady Cougars missed a few opportunities to take the lead. The sixth inning presented another chance for Munford to regain the advantage.
Senior Jodie Duncan led the frame off with a single. Then Joyner drew a walk. Scott loaded the bases with an infield single.
The next two batters recorded outs and it appeared the Lady Cougars would miss another chance to ge the lead. Pugh stepped up the plate and was down to her final strike.
Pugh slapped a hit toward second base that found a way to avoid Dyer County infielders long enough for her to reach base and two runs to score.
“My heart was racing,” Joyner recalled. “McKenzie came through with the big hit. I was so happy for her and for our team.”
Joyner and her battery mate Scott had to go out for the top of the seventh inning and try to close out the game. With Dyer County down to its final out, Munford first baseman Taylor Hobson secured a pop fly into her glove.