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POSTED: September 23, 2013 11:02 a.m.
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Liberty County’s Victoria Anthony goes to make a catch Thursday in Fleming.

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Wayne County overcame a brief deficit Thursday to claim a 10-3 win over Liberty County in Fleming.
The Lady Panthers had a 1-0 lead until the third inning. That’s when last year’s state runners-up regained the lead and never relinquished it. Wayne County took advantage of Liberty errors and made solid hits to bring in seven runs for the win.
“We made a couple of errors, and they did what a good team does and that is capitalized on our mistakes,” Lady Panther softball coach Jerome Standard said.
With the loss, Liberty was 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the region. The Yellow Jackets are 20-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 3A-AAAA.
Liberty avoided Wayne County runs in the first inning by converting a double play and leaving runners stranded. Lady Panther freshman starting pitcher Kaleigh Fisher got one of her three strikeouts of the day during the Yellow Jackets’ first at-bat. The other two strikeouts came in the second inning to keep Wayne County from scoring. Fisher, in the six innings she pitched, allowed 12 hits giving up 10 runs — three earned — and walked two. Sophomore Kathryn Carter pitched the remainder of the game, allowing two hits and walked one.
Liberty’s offense struggled, getting only three hits in the game. Rachel Smith had two hits and scored two runs.  Carter had the other hit and run scored.
“Our bats are not producing enough to be effective,” Standard said. “Hitting is a priority at all of our practices. We have to be able to generate runs without the help from the opponent, and right now that is not happening against the level of teams that we are playing.”
The Lady Panthers played Bradwell on Saturday thumping the Lady Tigers 19-0. The Tigers were hosting and honoring their seniors at the event. The full report on Saturday's game will be in Wednesaday's Coastal Courier.
The Lady Panthers will host Statesboro at 5 p.m. Tuesday and host South Effingham at 6 p.m. Thursday.


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