The Liberty County softball team dropped two recent games.
On Monday, the Lady Panthers lost, 12-4, in six innings at Richmond Hill. Last Friday, Liberty County fell in a tough 12-10 Region 3-AAAA battle at Thomson.
Going into Tuesday’s action, the Lady Panthers were 12-11 overall and 2-2 in region play.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Windsor Forest and will host the Lady Knights at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Liberty vs. Richmond Hill
Lady Panther softball coach Jerome Standard said the girls made a game of it and had the lead until his pitcher, Kaleigh Fisher, sustained an injury after colliding with the Wildcats’ first baseman.
Lady Panther Rachel Smith took over on the mound and, despite doing well, the Wildcats managed to get hits and outscore Liberty for the non-conference win.
Liberty vs. Thomson
Standard previously mentioned how important it was to make the timely hits and score every possible run, especially in region games. Those missed timely hits were the downfall for Liberty in the game, and the coach said his team could have closed out early.
Standard said his team had a 10-4 lead going into the sixth inning and had two Lady Panthers in scoring position with two outs, but just didn’t get the hit. If the Lady Panthers would have scored and held the Lady Bulldogs, they would have won by the run rule.
During the bottom of the sixth inning, Thomson scored six runs while facing two outs. The Lady Panthers weren’t able to squeeze out another hit or run, and the Lady Bulldogs scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
“It was a long ride home,” Standard said.
Liberty’s Cassidy Collum led the team in hits, going 2 for 4. Diamond Richardson was 1 for 2 with three RBIs. Rachel Smith 1 for 3 with two RBIs, and Serena Davenports was 1 for 1.
Kaleigh Fisher pitched five innings, tossing five strikeouts, walking five and giving up 10 hits and five runs. Kathryn Carter pitched the final two innings, giving up seven runs off one hit and three walks.