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Panthers break out of slump
Liberty whips Bryan County to end skid
Liberty Countys Brandon Whitmore was one of three Panthers to hit home runs Saturday. Liberty County beat Bryan County, 13-3, in a non-region matchup to end a six-game losing skid. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

The Liberty County High School baseball team ended a six-game losing streak with a decisive 13-3 win in six innings against visiting Bryan County on Saturday.

"It was big," Panthers assistant coach Zach Duncan said.

Antonio Smith, Brandon Whitmore and Joe Watkins each hit home runs to help propel the team to victory.

Freshman Jake Lee threw 4 1⁄3 innings and gave up one hit and one run in his first varsity start.

Trey Sikes, who pitched for 2⁄3 of an inning, ended the game with a bases-clearing walk-off double in the sixth. Patrick McDonald added to the offense with an RBI. Cameron Harris pitched the final inning for Liberty County.

The Panthers hope to bring confidence from Saturday’s win to Richmond Hill on Friday, where they take on the Wildcats and ace hurler Kevin Matthews.

Duncan said facing a Region 2A-AAAA opponent and coming off their first win in six games should be enough to keep his players’ heads in the game.

The Wildcats are 7-5 overall and 1-4 in the region.

"Our boys are fighting to make it into the playoffs, and that should be all the motivation they need," Duncan said. "We have eight seniors that need to win in order to keep playing baseball before the curtain closes on their high school career."

The Panthers are 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the region.

Wayne County continues to dominate Class AAAA and took over the No. 1 spot in this week’s baseball coaches poll. The Yellow Jackets are 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the region.

Glynn Academy and Brunswick are behind Wayne County with Richmond Hill, Ware and Liberty County tied at the bottom.

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