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Big inning propels Liberty to win over BI
Liberty County High Schools Candice Blitch (14) stretches for at throw at second while Bradwells Josephine Satale (6) tries to beat it out during the Lady Panthers 23-9 win Monday. The two teams play again Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at LCHS. - photo by Photo by Lawrence Dorsey

Liberty County High School used a 13-run seventh inning Monday to down host Bradwell Institute 23-9 in the first of two nonregion softball games between the crosstown rivals.

Senior pitcher Madison Winn led the Panthers (5-0-1) with a 1 for 5, 3 RBI performance at the plate while also scattering 10 hits and two walks over seven innings. Only two of Bradwell’s nine runs were earned as Bradwell (0-3) committed 11 errors.

Other top performers for LCHS were junior De’Anna Gumataotao, who was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI; senior Meleina Davis, who went 3 for 5 and drove in a run; senior Carmae Gumataotao, who was 2 for 2 with 1 RBI; and freshman Hayden Roundebush, who drove in two runs on one hit.

The Lady Panthers had 15 hits in the contest, which was a back and forth game until the final inning. Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but BI answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 3-2.

The Panthers then began pulling away. Liberty plated two runs in the third inning, three in the fourth, two more in the fifth and another run in the sixth to lead 10-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Lady Tigers answered with five runs in the sixth to pull to within 10-8 before the Panthers’ 13-run outburst in the seventh.

BI added one more run in the bottom of the seventh.

Leading Bradwell at the plate were seniors Kaylynn Jewell and Mya Gilliard, both of whom went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs. Junior Whitney Evans was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and freshman Nevaeh Lopez was 3 for 3 with 1 RBI. Junior Alexus Chavis was 2 for 4 for the Lady Tigers, who had 10 hits in the game.

Freshman Madison McDonald took the loss, surrendering 10 hits and walking six in three innings while giving up 16 runs, only one of which was earned as Liberty players committed seven errors.

Also making pitching appearances for Bradwell were junior Josephine Satale, who went 3 innings. Satele gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks.

The two teams play again Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at LCHS.

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