The Liberty County softball team claimed back-to-back wins on the first day of the Battle of the ’Boro tournament Friday afternoon in Statesboro.
The official stats had not been posted as of Friday night, but according to Liberty County head coach Jerome Standard and assistant coach Cassie Standard, the Lady Panthers took down Dublin, 4-3, in their first game and then topped Statesboro, 9-1.
Some Liberty players still are nursing injuries, including starting catcher Cassidy Collum, who sat out Friday’s games.
Jerome Standard said he spoke with the players after Tuesday’s loss to South Effingham about the importance of facing challenges head on. It appeared Friday they took the speech to heart.
The head coach said the game against Dublin was a bit rough, but he was proud of the way his players pushed through adversity.
Jerome Standard said Kaleigh Fisher led the girls as they battled to win a game that was a bit too close for comfort.
He said the Lady Panthers showed no mercy in their second game, which was against the host school.
“We managed to score seven runs in the first inning,” Jerome Standard said. “And Kathryn Carter faced 15 batters and got 12 strikeouts.”
The Liberty girls were scheduled to play Heritage on Saturday. Results from the game were unavailable at press time.
Bradwell Institute lost, 12-2, Thursday in five innings at Effingham County.
The Lady Rebels were only up 2-0 in the second inning but then drove in eight runs. The Lady Tigers tried to fight back, getting two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Effingham scored another run in the bottom of the inning to give them the win off the run rule.
Bradwell had eight hits. At the plate for BI, Briana Tootle was 2 for 3, and Shania Eldridge and Melissa Gregory both went 1 for 3. Jakaria Fleming, Tamia Johnson and Kaylee Taylor each were 1 for 2. Kayleen Pixley was 1 for 1 with two RBIs.
Mackenzie Stewart pitched two innings, giving up 10 runs — one earned — six hits and two walks. Madison Winn pitched two innings, allowing four hits and two runs.
The Lady Tigers fell to 1-6 with the loss.
Bradwell was scheduled to play this weekend in the Battle of the ’Boro tourney in Statesboro.