Liberty County balanced the scales with Bradwell Institute on Friday in its 9-4 non-region baseball win at BI.
It was a rematch from the teams’ Feb. 20 battle, which Bradwell won, 8-6, at LCHS.
The teams played even in Friday’s first two innings, each squad laying down bunts, loading the bases and scoring runs.
After tying the game, 2-2, Liberty pulled away with one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, then notched two runs each in the sixth and seventh.
LCHS’ Quindon Mont-
gomery was 3-for-5, including a double, with two RBIs. Hunter Miller was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Panther pitcher Colby Rhea earned the win, throwing six innings with eight strikeouts, four walks and two runs allowed. Relief pitcher Jacari Roberts had two strikeouts and gave up two runs off three hits in the seventh inning.
Bradwell’s DJ Jefferson was 2-for-4 with a run. Evan Crystal was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Crystal also took the loss on the hill, pitching the first three innings with three strikeouts, three walks and three runs. Darrius Tilghman pitched two innings and Ryan Desbians and Stephen Felton each pitched one inning.
On Thursday, Liberty thumped Savannah Country Day, 11-1, in Savannah.
Montgomery had three RBIs off three hits, including a home run in the sixth inning and a double. Vince Smith had a two-run double in the fourth inning.
Panther pitcher Vincent Brunelli struck out eight and gave up four hits and two walks but no earned runs.
The Panthers, 4-1, will host Savannah Country Day for a re-match at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Tigers, 2-1, host New Hampstead at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The First Presbyterian Christian Academy baseball team hosted its first game of the season Friday, tying Appling Christian, 6-6, in a game called due to darkness. FPCA’s field at St. James is not lighted.
According to FPCA coach Ryan Harmon, Jared Wells, K’ani Nunn and Kyle Hill all pitched, and the leading hitters were Hill and James Arnold.
“Both had RBI base hits,” Harmon said. “Jared Wells pitched three strong innings, only giving up one run and striking out nine batters.”
The coach said it was a pretty good start for the season, affording many of his young players varsity experience.
“We have some little things to clean up, but the outlook is bright,” he said.
FPCA plays next Friday at Bible Baptist.
The Highlanders’ next home game is at 4 p.m. March 16 against Edmund Burke.
Claxton earned an early lead and came away with a 6-3 win over Long County on Friday in non-region baseball action in Ludowici.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back.
The loss was Long County’s third in a row as the Blue Tide fell to 1-3.
On Saturday, the Blue Tide were scheduled to play at Brunswick; results were unavailable at press time.
On Monday, Long County hits the road again to play Camden County in Kingsland at
Go to www.coastalcourier.com to see pictures from the boys’ game.