Liberty County High School’s baseball team holds a 1-1 record after its first week of the regular season.
The Panthers traveled Tuesday to Bryan County, where the Redskins came from behind for an 8-4 win. But on Thursday, Liberty County evened its record with a 10-0 win over Johnson at home.
Against the Redskins, the Panthers had a 4-3 lead, but in the bottom of the fifth inning Bryan County drove in five runs in to take the lead for good.
Panther coach Joel Moody said the Redskins managed some hits, but his team also allowed a few walks and committed a few errors.
He praised Panther pitcher Bailey Kitchings for coming in and pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings to close the game.
For the Panthers, Jacari Roberts and Quinndon Montgomery each had two hits, Lamar Speight smacked a double and Curtis Michalowicz had a hit.
On Thursday, freshman pitcher Colby Rhea started the game with three scoreless innings, and Kitchings finished on the mound as the Panthers wrapped the game up in 4 1/2 innings by the run-rule.
The Panthers had a 5-0 lead
going into the fourth inning and quickly retired the Johnson High batters. The Panthers scored five more runs to close the game without recording an out.
Panther Gary Albertson had a two-rung, walk-off double to end the game. Michalowicz hit a double, and Roberts and Montgomery each had a base hit.
Moody said his team has 12 talented varsity players this season, all of whom have played in both games.
“It’s truly a team effort…Our returning starters are a little more seasoned, and that is showing,” he said.
Johnson High will have an opportunity to seek vengeance when it faces Liberty at 4 p.m. Monday in Savannah. The Panthers will host Long County at 5 p.m. Wednesday.