The Lady Panther softball team went 1-1 on Thursday in their Region 3-AAAA home opener — a double-header against Burke County.
The Liberty girls battled in game one but lost 4-3. LCHS rallied in game two, though, and took a decisive 8-2 victory.
The Liberty girls are 8-8 overall.
The Lady Bears took a 1-0 lead and held it until the Liberty girls tied the game in the third quarter. Burke County scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to regain the lead. The Lady Panthers answered back scoring two runs and once again tying the score 3-3.
The Lady Bears managed to drive in one more run in the fifth but held the Liberty girls to eke out the one run victory.
Game two started off tied 1-1 until the Liberty girls added one more run in the bottom of the second. The Lady Panthers stepped up the defense allowing only one more run for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile the Liberty girls started making the hits and scored four runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and one last run in the fifth for the win.
“The difference is we didn’t show up to the first game…we pulled the old Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…we out hit them in game one…we had seven hits to their four…but we made some critical mistakes,” Lady Panther coach Jerome Standard said
The coach added he was proud of the way his girls bounced back.
“I told them that it showed how much character they had to bounce back from a loss we knew we should have won,” he said. “We came back and had 12 hits and scored eight runs.”
In game one Kaleigh Fisher pitched three and two-third innings with Kathryn Carter pitching the remaining inning and a third. In game two Carter started for the first three innings and Fisher finished the last four.
The coach said Rachel Smith had a good at bat in the second game going 3-of-4 with a double. The team also welcomed back Diamond Richardson from an injury. In turn she had a single a double and a triple in her four at bats.
The girls host Bradwell Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. and have another region double-header Sept. 13 at Thomson.