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Barrett delivers game winning hit
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Henry Barrett delivered the game winning hit, scoring Aaron Hoffer in the Liberty County Panthers’ 4-3 win against Effingham County on Tuesday.
With Hoffer on third base and his brother Skyler Hoffer on second base and no outs, the Rebels (10-7) elected to walk Justin Eaton to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Barrett, who already had two hits, then hit the ball down the right field line for the win.
The Panthers (6-10) host Brantley County at 5:30 p.m. Thursday before resuming Region 3-AAA south play Friday at Burke County.
In the win, the Panthers put on a defensive clinic.
The Panthers made several defensive plays to back up    a four-pitcher effort, which included Skyler Hoffer, Brad Harris, Eaton and Aaron Hoffer.
The clinic started in the first inning with a double play when pitcher Skyler Hoffer threw to Aaron Hoffer at second base, who threw the batter out at first base to Eaton.
In the second inning, it was a role reversal as catcher Erik Mattingly, who normally plays shortstop, threw out a runner at second to Aaron Hoffer, who normally plays behind the plate.
In the fourth inning with the bases loaded and one out, Mattingly quickly recovered a wild pitch and threw to the pitcher Eaton at the plate to get the runner.
In the sixth inning with runners on second and third, Skyler Hoffer saved a run in center field by catching a deep fly and hitting the cut-off man. Then, his brother Aaron fielded a grounder at the edge of the infield and threw to a stretching Paul Davis at first base to end the inning.
Aaron Hoffer also made some noise at the plate, hitting a three-run homerun over the left-center field fence to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead in the third inning.
The lead would stand until the seventh inning when the Rebels tied the game off Aaron Hoffer.
With two outs, Hoffer walked a batter and then gave up to doubles.
The Panthers pounded 11 hits in the game. Mattingly, Aaron Hoffer and Skyler Hoffer each had two hits.
However, the Panthers left 10 runners on base, including seven in scoring position.
Robert Walsh’s game was an anomaly as he had four plate appearances, but no official at bats. He was beaned the first two times and then walked his last two appearances.
The Rebels had six hits and left seven runners on base, including five in scoring position.

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