T-Birds lose heartbreaker in eleven innings

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Independence scored a run in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Cloud County 8-7 and complete the sweep of a Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division softball doubleheader Tuesday.
After winning the first game 1-0, Independence battled back from 4-0 down in the second game to pull even at 6-6 and force extra innings.
Neither team would score in the eighth or ninth innings.
Independence scored a run in the top of the 10th inning to go up 7-6.
Kaylee Mick scored on a ground ball by Mikayla Soderstrom in the bottom of the 10th, and Cloud County tied the game at 7-7.
The Pirates reclaimed the lead at 8-7 with a run in the top of the 11th inning.
Katelyn Bailey reached base to lead off the bottom of the 11th.
The Thunderbirds left Bailey stranded at third base.
Savannah Luke pitched all 11 innings in taking the loss. She gave up six runs, four earned, on 10 hits, struck out eight and walked four.
Cloud County, 11-11 overall and 8-9 in the Jayhawk East, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Sierra Eason walked and scored on a base hit by Chatley Lovvorn.
Lovvorn stole home.
The T-Birds tacked on two runs in the second inning.
Kelsey Jones led off with a walk, and scored on a two-out single by Eason.
Eason scored on an error to put Cloud County up 4-0.
Independence, 19-14 overall and 5-7 in the Conference, put up two runs in the third inning and four in the top of the fourth, and led 6-4.
Heather Lanphear hit a two-run home run for the Pirates in the fourth.
Eason homered with Bailey aboard in the bottom of the fourth, and Cloud County tied the game at 6-6.
The teams were scoreless over the next five innings, and Independence was able to pull out the win.
Eason had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three for the T-Birds.
Lovvorn had two hits.
In the first game, Jones and Independence’s Alaina Stubblefield locked up in a pitching dual.
The game was scoreless through five innings.
Stubblefield was hit by a pitch leading off the top of the sixth inning. She scored the only run on a double by Carley Conley.
With Cloud County trailing 1-0, Mick led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk.
Stubblefield retired the next three batters to secure the win.
Jones allowed one run on four hits, struck out eight and walked two in suffering the loss.
Stubblefield shut out Cloud County on four hits. She struck out 10 and walked two.


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