Liberty County pitcher Colby Rhea struck out 12 batters and allowed only one hit in Liberty’s weather-shortened 5-0 win against Calvary Day on Monday at home.
The win improved the Panthers’ record to 2-4 overall.
By the top of the fourth inning, the Panthers had a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, they added a run as clouds moved in and the game was delayed due to lightning.
Panther coach Tony Glazer said he was pleased with the win, but added that the players need to keep working on routine plays and fundamentals. The Panthers’ defense played well, but the coach said he would like to see improvement on offense.
“We need to continue to improve our hitting and our ability to bring runners home when they are in scoring position,” he said. “We are still leaving way to many guys on base.”
Liberty left a runner on base in the fourth and fifth innings.
Lamar Speight was 2 of 3 with one run batted in for Liberty. Jeremy Scott was 1 of 3, including a double, with two RBIs, Jacari Roberts was 1 of 2 with a double, and Gary Albertson was 1 of 4 with a triple.
Speight joined the team after basketball season and has played in two games. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had a .400 batting average. Aric Albertson had a .333 in four games.
Liberty was scheduled to play Tuesday at Windsor Forest and will host Tattnall County at 6 p.m. Thursday.