LIBERTY BENTON — Liberty Center recovered from its Monday loss to Hilltop by traveling to Liberty-Benton and defeating the hosts 6-4 in high school softball Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the first, as senior Sam Engler reached on an error and stole second base. Fellow senior Michaela Jeffers plated Engler with an RBI single.

After the Eagles tied the game with a run in the bottom of the first, Liberty Center retook the lead with two runs in the second. Freshman Bea Barrett hit a solo home run and senior Morgan Graber reached on a walk and scored on a wild pitch.

Liberty-Benton tied the game in the bottom of the third and took a 4-3 lead after four innings.

Liberty Center scored three runs in the fifth inning to cap the scoring and earn the win.

Senior Cassidy Chapa drew a lead-off walk, stole second and eventually scored. Freshman Eme Gray singled and score on an RBI single by Engler. Barrett knocked in Engler for the last run of the inning.

The Lady Tigers ended the game with a triple play in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, Chapa fielded a grounder and completed an unassisted double play. Jeffers then threw the ball home, cutting down the runner attempting to score from second on the play.

Freshmen pitchers Reese Kessler and Emerson Gray split duties for the game, with Gray earning the win. Gray pitched the final four innings, giving up no runs on one hit, while walking two and striking out one.

LC advances to 6-1 on the season and will travel to Kalida today.

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