Friday’s weather postponed Liberty County’s game against Brantley County, but the sun was out Saturday afternoon, and the Panthers split games when they hosted Windsor Forest in a double-header.
The Panther boys won game one, 10-4, but lost game two, 14-6. Richard Lovelady pitched a complete game in the first matchup and coach Joel Moody said he gave a solid performance. Antonio Smith started on the mound for the Panthers in game two. He pitched three innings and led 6-4. Bailey Kitchings came in as the relief pitcher and did well, but the coach said several Panther errors with men on base allowed Windsor Forest to score.
“We had a chance to end the inning with a 6-6 tie, but couldn’t come up with the third out on a grounder to third base,” Moody said.
The Panthers currently are 2-2 and play at Brantley County on Saturday.
The Bradwell Tigers were in Crisp County for a double-header on Saturday. The boys lost 11-0. Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said the home team threw heat from the mound, pitching the ball between 80-90 mph.
In game two, the Tigers faced Worth County and lost 5-0. The boys are currently 0-2.
Hellgren said his team needs to focus on reducing mental errors. He said Crisp and Worth County are good opponents and it helps to play teams outside the Savannah area. Should BI make a run for the Region 3-AAAAA title and post-season playoffs, they are likely to encounter teams like Crisp, Worth, Tift County and Luella.
“It was good to go there and face some good and different competition,” Hellgren said.
The coach said he thinks it will help his team focus on the details of every play.
The Tigers travel to Savannah High on Friday for the first region game of the season. Game time is 4:30 p.m.