Liberty County Panther freshman Dylan Connelly pitched a one-hitter as the Liberty squad sent a Deerfield Beach Florida team packing for sunny weather, downing them 15-0 in 4 innings Wednesday afternoon in Pierce County.
According to baseball coach David Samuel, the freshman pitcher controlled the game, striking out 8 batters.
"Dylan gave us what we needed from a pitching standpoint," Samuel said. "He got guys out quite easily all game long."
The coach said the Panthers did not commit any errors.
Samuel said Panther Chris Arnold drove in 6 runs, going 4-4 and hitting the cycle. Cody French scored four times and went 2-3. Justin Eaton drove in 2 runs as well.
"We had 11 hits, walked 6 times and got hit by a pitch twice," the coach said. "We put 20 base runners on tonight and only left 5 guys on base. We scored in each inning and put Deerfield Beach away early. I am very happy with how we are playing games right now."
Samuel said his squad is currently in fourth place in region 3-AAA and he is looking forward to today’s game against the No. 2 seed at Thomson. On Saturday the Panthers host the No. 1 seeded West Laurens at 1 p.m.
The Panthers are 7-5 overall and 3-3 in the region.
"This is a huge weekend for us," he said.
Liberty County 15, Deerfield Beach 0 (in 4 innings)
Winning pitcher was Dylan Connelly, 4IP, 1H, 8K, 3BB
Leading hitters, Chris Arnold 4-4, hit for the cycle (1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) 6 RBI, 4 R, Cody French 2-3, 1 RBI, 4 R, Justin Eaton 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, Eddie Chipple 1-3, 1 RBI, 3 R, Joe Watkins 1-2, 1 RBI, Brandon Whitmore 1-3, 1 RBI, Cameron Harris 1-3