Dickson County’s Lady Cougars face the challenge of having to win three games today to claim the second softball state championship in the school’s history. The Lady Cougars fell 1-0 to Smyrna in the Class AAA semifinals in Murfreesboro Thursday night. Dickson County faces Clarksville in the losers’ bracket final at 9 am today. The winner advances to the 3 pm championship game and must beat the Lady Bulldogs twice to claim the championship. If needed, the second game is scheduled for 6:30. Smyrna pitcher MaKenzie Prince was dominating Thursday, striking out 13 Lady Cougars while not giving up any walks and extending her streak to 24 innings without giving up an earned run. Pitching her third game in two days, Lady Cougar Brooklin Lee gave up only two hits while striking out eight, but it was her only two walks of the game in the second inning that set up Smyrna’s lone run. Lee issued back-to-back walks to Kelsey Russell and Malorie Prince before Taylor Randolph’s one-out single pushed the only run across the plate. Dickson County had a chance with the bases loaded and one out in the third, but a strikeout and popup ended the threat. Lady Cougar Selena Crafton singled and moved around to third on an error in the fifth inning but was called out on a controversial interference call. In Dickson County’s last shot in the seventh, Prince struck out the side to secure the win. In a May 1 regular season finale, Prince did not pitch in an 8-0 Lady Cougar win at Smyrna. Clarksville beat Dickson County in the District 10 tournament championship while the Lady Cougars topped the Lady Wildcats in the Region 5 title game.