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Lady Mustangs compete in state tourney

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One of the oldest formulas to winning in any sport is leaning on experience.
The Houston Lady Mustangs did just that Wednesday at the Murfreesboro Sports Complex & McKnight Fields to stay alive in the Class 3A State Tournament. After dropping their opener the previous day against Dickson County, the Lady Mustangs bounced back the next day outlasting Bearden 3-2.
Houston Head Coach Matt Parker got a piece of personal history led by the pitching of senior Jenna Cotter and leadoff expertise of her classmate Kathryn Peterson.
“This is my first win at the State Tournament,” a relieved Parker said moments after the victory. “ To have that under my belt is a huge accomplishment. These girls have worked really, really hard. I think they deserve it.”
Houston entered the State Tournament as District 15-3A and Region 8-3A runners up behind rival Collierville. The Lady Mustangs defeated Region 7-3A champions the Munford Lady Cougars to reach Murfreesboro.
After dropping their first game 5-2 to Dickson County, the Lady Mustangs faced the challenge of the Bearden Lady Bulldogs. Peterson paid the price to get her team off to a good start by getting hit by a pitch in the first inning.
“Kathryn Peterson has been clutch her whole career, all four year,” Parker noted. “She’s very dependable at the plate. She has the highest on base percentage on the team. When you need somebody to get on, you want her at the plate.”
Peterson taking a blow to the arm helped her reach base. Moments later she crossed home plate on a wild pitch.
Bearden tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning courtesy of a Kelly Bozich RBI double. The game wouldn’t stay tied for long when Houston scored twice in the third inning.
Peterson got things started once again this time with a base hit. Next up to the plate was Cotter crushing a double. Marry Collins had an RBI opportunity that she took advantage of with a double.
Collin’s two-bagger put Houston ahead 3-1. Despite the Lady Bulldogs starching out a run in the fifth inning, Cotter neutralized Bearden for the win and keeping Houston alive.
“Jenna Cotter is awesome,” Parker said. “I don’t have the words to really describe her. She’s cool, calm and collected no matter what the situation. She hardly ever gets rattled.
“She’s a workhorse,” he added. “ She will do anything that is asked of her. I don’t have enough good things to say about her.”
Cotter pitched her last game for the Lady Mustangs the following day. The Siegel Stars eliminated Houston.