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Lady Panthers place fourth in Tattnall Co.
Three players named to the All-Tournament Team
Head coach Jerome Standard gives runner Dominique Sibley advise in last season's game against Tattnall County. This year, the Lady Panthers started their season in the Tattnall County Tournament with a fourth-place finish and had three Lady Panthers named to the All-Tournament team. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The Liberty County Lady Panthers got their softball season off to a good start by placing fourth at the Tattnall County Tournament over the weekend and having three Lady Panthers named to the all-tournament team.
Tyshunn Williams, Stephanie Cedola and Cassie Standard received the all-tournament honor as the Panthers went 3-3 in the six tournament games they played.
The Lady Panthers started with two games Friday afternoon. Game one pitted them against Toombs.
According to coach Jerome Standard, the team appeared nervous as they started the first series and gave up five runs in their 4-2 loss.
Cassie Standard pitched the game, getting 14 strikeouts, walking two and giving up three hits. Williams hit a single and Cedola nailed a triple. Tracy Holton hit a single but coach Standard said those were the only hits in the game. He said Toombs played extremely well.
However, the Lady Panthers pulled it together, winning the next three games in the tournament. They closed Friday evening with a 10-7 win against the Tattnall County Lady Warriors.
Williams, Holton, Stacy Stevens, Standard and Nazarene Hines each hit singles. Cedola also hit a double. Standard took the win in seven innings on the mound, with nine strikeouts and four walks. She gave up seven hits.
The next day, the Lady Panthers kept the momentum going when they defeated Claxton, 13-5.
"Almost everyone in the line up had a hit in that game," coach Standard said.
Williams, Holton and Charlee Coursey hit singles. Cedola went 1-3 with a single. Standard hit a single and a double. Karen Donaldson and Jordan Struble each had a hit.
Standard had 11 strikeouts, walked four and gave up five runs during the game.
The Lady Panthers went up against Long County in their fourth battle. Coach Standard said it was the best game in the tournament regarding the Lady Panthers performance. They defeated Long County 5-0.
"They played extremely well defensively," coach Standard said.
Cassie Standard hit a triple while Holton and Dominique Sibley each hit singles. Williams and Cedola also had hits.  Standard pitched all seven innings, and finished with eight strikeouts and three walks. She gave up three hits.
Despite their energy and abilities, coach Standard said the ladies played the next two games as if someone flipped a switch.
"We went from playing extremely well to playing terrible," he said.
The Lady Panthers fell 13-2 against Vidalia. Standard struggled for 2-1/3 innings on the mound, earning only two strikeouts and giving up five hits. Struble came in, but allowed five runs and got only one strikeout.
The Panthers faced Appling County in their final game and while the team fared better, they still lost 6-3. Williams and Struble had hits that were brought in by Standard’s triple. Those were the only hits for the Lady Panthers.  
"We finished fourth," coach Standard said. "We got to see the players in action. They looked great and we had the opportunity to see a lot of our younger players run. It was a good tournament performance all around.”
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