DICKSON — Just a few months ago, Darrell Mays helped the Dickson High School baseball program make history as the first district title in 13 years was achieved.

DICKSON — Just a few months ago, Darrell Mays helped the Dickson High School baseball program make history as the first district title in 13 years was achieved.

Fast forward to the present, and the DHS baseball skipper is hoping to have some magic rub off on a different group of Dickson athletes, the Lady Comets softball team.

This season, Mays will be at the helm of the fall program, as he tries to instill a new mindset and atmosphere to
another, group of talented athletes.

“We have an expectation of if we create a positive culture, then everything will take care of itself,” Mays said. “That starts with practice and doing things right the first time. We want these girls to buy into the process and have fun out here.”

Mays admitted the success from the baseball team this past spring has had a ripple effect on the culture of Dickson athletics, as it has motivated others to achieve the same level.

“Whenever anyone sees success happening in a school system, it creates a synergy amongst everyone,” he said. “Hopefully it’s going to get the kids excited and let them know they don’t have to settle for being second best and that they have potential. We want these girls to keep pushing forward and to just be their best.”

Among the players expected to help lead the charge this season for the Lady Comets will be seniors Kelsie Allen, Lauren Bess, Staley Ned, and Ashley Eades.

Other upperclassmen will include juniors Jadyn McKenzie, Shanna McKown, Keely King and Kylea Farmer.

Dickson will also be bringing a combined total of 10 freshmen and sophomore players to the diamond this season.

“I really believe some of these younger girls are going to step up for us this season,” Mays said. “They’ve had success in the junior high ranks and I’m going to be looking to them to help build a positive foundation for us. These freshman and sophomores are going to grow each week and it’s something I’m looking forward to seeing weekly. Our upperclassmen are going to be some good leaders as well.”

“I believe one of our biggest strengths is going to be overall team defense,” Mays added. “When you have a strong team defense then it helps your pitching out and it leads to more productivity at the plate for the rest of our girls.”

Dickson will open the season with a four game homestead beginning August 7 against Kingston, before facing off with Ringling the next day.

August 10 will bring a triangular contest against Marietta and Comanche. August 14 will bring with it the first road game of the season for Dickson as the Lady Comets will travel to Lindsay.

Following another road game against the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs the next day, Dickson will take part in the Tishomingo Tournament which will take place Aug. 17-19.