Addie Fullen's two-run home run to left field on an 0-1 count knotted the game at 5-all for Hurricane in the top of the sixth. Then the Redskins' bats really came to life, plating eight runs on nine hits and sending 12 batters to the plate in the seventh to go ahead 13-5 and take control.
Hurricane freshman Maddie Hebb started the frame with a leadoff triple, then freshman Amber Null, the No. 9 hitter, gave the Redskins' the lead for good with a sacrifice fly for a 6-5 edge.
Rogers belted a two-out, three-run round-tripper that gave Hurricane all the confidence it would need and a 9-5 advantage. Linzie Reynolds, who doubled, scored on an error, Fullen added a two-out RBI single, Hebb laced a two-out run-scoring single and then scored on an error for a 13-5 lead.
"I think we were more determined,'' said Null. "Everybody was working together. We had a bigger student section and everybody came out. It was really fun.''
Lincoln County wouldn't go quietly as leadoff batter Morgan Hutchison came through with a RBI single to close to 13-6 with two outs. The Panthers' Sarah Barrett followed with a single to load the bases, but Davis coaxed a groundout from Lincoln County's Brooke West to end the game, sending the Redskins into a wild celebration.
"I'll take my team into battle any day,'' said Lincoln County coach Rod Hoover. "I'm proud of my girls. It could have gone either way, back and forth, back and forth. I wouldn't have it any other way. It's a dogfight every year. One pitch, we're out of [the seventh inning] giving up one run or even no runs.''
Hurricane had four players with multiple hits and all three homers came with two outs. Hebb finished 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, triple, three runs scored and three RBIs while Reynolds rapped out three hits, including a pair of doubles. Fullen finished with two hits and Davis went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI.
Barrett finished 2 for 5 with an RBI for Lincoln County (23-8) while West pounded out two hits, including a double, and Sarah Pennington went 2 for 3 and knocked in a run. Faith Huffman added two hits, including a double, for the Panthers while Amy Parsons doubled in a run and Kayla Jeffers added a sacrifice fly.
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