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Liberty, BI baseball on hard times

POSTED: April 20, 2017 12:44 p.m.

Bradwell Institute and Liberty County baseball were in action in the past few days, with the Tigers, fresh off a series against Brunswick, taking on Richmond Hill in a doubleheader, and the Panthers facing Pierce County.

The Tigers lost game 1 with a final score of 11-2. The Wildcats opened the game with five runs in the top of the first inning. Following the first, Bradwell’s pitching prevented Richmond Hill from scoring another run until the fifth. BI’s offense however, did not score until the bottom of the sixth, when the score was 11-0. A 2-run home run by Evan Crystal brought home Jordan Lambright and put the Tigers on the board. They were not able to make a comeback in the seventh.

Game 2 resulted in the same fate for the Tigers, losing to the Wildcats 16-1. Richmond Hill opened again with multiple runs, this time a 8-0 lead after the first inning. Then, the Wildcats added two in the second, and four in the third, to extend the lead to 14-0.

Bradwell was able to score in the bottom of the fifth. On the final play of the game with two outs, Evan Crystal hit a double that brought home OB Nobles for their only run. Jordan Lambright was almost the second run brought in. But he was tagged out at home for the final out, giving Richmond Hill the win via mercy rule.

Panthers

Liberty County lost on the road against Pierce County with a final score of 12-1. The Bears scored six runs in the first three innings to take an early lead. It wasn’t until the top of the fourth when the Panthers scored their only run of the game. Ronnie Keaton, who was on second during Matt Williams’ at bat, stole third and then came home on an error by Pierce County’s third basemen.

Following the top half of the inning, the Bears scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth, to win the game via mercy rule.

Both Bradwell and Liberty sit at 4-19 this year as they prepare for their final regular season games. Bradwell’s last game will be against Richmond Hill on Wednesday, while Liberty County has two more contests in the season against Brantley County and Portal High School, with the final game against Portal on Friday.

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