THOMPSON’S STATION – It took extra innings, but the Independence Lady Eagles softball team topped the Dickson County Lady Cougars 3-2 in 10 innings on Monday.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel as Independence’s Elena Escobar and Dickson’s Ashlan Sensing combined to allow just six hits over 19.1 innings.
Dickson County got the scoring started in the top of the sixth inning. Becca Lee lined a two-RBI single to right field to give the Lady Cougars a 2-0 lead.
Independence answered in the bottom half of the inning. Makinlee Webb reached safely with a double, followed by an RBI triple from Josie Bond to cut the deficit to 2-1. In the next at bat, Escobar knocked a fly ball to center field that scored Bond to tie it 2-2.
In innings 7-9 both pitchers were dominant, not allowing either offense to get going. In the bottom of the 10th, Independence finally broke through.
Gracie Zentz hit a line drive past the Dickson shortstop to bring home Kelsey Dixon and seal the 3-2 walk-off win for the Lady Eagles.
Escobar picked up the win, dominating the Lady Cougars for 10 innings with 17 strikeouts and allowing two runs on two hits. Sensing took the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits over 9.1 innings. She also struck out six batters.