STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTO BY WHITNEY JARRELD
Independence had high hopes of advancing their softball season into the regionals next week.
But that goal is over as the Lady Eagles suffered a heartbreaking district semis loss to district foe Dickson County Friday night at Franklin’s field.
There was a lot of factors going against Independence, as they had just won an elimination game less than an hour earlier over Page, 7-2.
Not to mention the season-ending game was played in the rain. If the game would have been called, the top two teams in the district would have advanced to regional action, which were Summit and Independence. However, the game was allowed to continue in the rainy condition, and the outcome was defeat for the Lady Eagles.
The winning scores happened in the top of the first. Dickson Co.’s Josie Russell hit in a two-run homer in the top of the first.
DC’s Brittney Hunt led off with a base hit. Then Russell hit a home run, bringing in both players to score and giving Dickson County the 2-0 lead. That was enough for the victory, as the final was 2-0. It was a pitcher’s duel, with great defensive support from both clubs.
Independence’s starting pitcher Elena Escobar, who pitched a full seven innings earlier and recorded 12 strikeouts in the win against Page, continued to show why she was selected All-District MVP, pitching another full seven innings.
After the game Escobar discussed her, and the team’s performance.
“I feel that it wasn’t our best game, but we all pulled together, and fought to give it our all. It doesn’t always go your way no matter how hard you play.”
Eagles head coach Shane Buchanan spoke to the conditions for the evening.
“I wish we could have played on dry land,” he said. “And it would have been nice to play on another day, like most tournaments have.
“I think both teams had great pitching performances. But we just didn’t hit. And when we did hit we hit it straight to them. And it was a weird game. But Dickson County did a good job, and they deserve to go on.”