The Brunswick Pirates avenged their 6-0 loss Monday to Bradwell by overpowering the Panthers, 18-2, Tuesday night in Hinesville.
For three innings, the Liberty County Panthers played with Brunswick.
Panther third baseman Gary Albertson hauled in a foul ball along the third base-dugout fence to highlight Liberty’s good defense in the early innings. The Pirates added a run in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Brunswick took advantage of a Liberty error to set up two more runs with two outs. Liberty pitcher Antonio Smith got a strikeout to end the inning and strand Pirate runners at the corners.
“Tony pitched a great game for us today; for the first three innings he kept us in the game. We got in a little trouble with some runners on, and we ended up finishing with pitch-by-committee, which was not as effective as we needed to be,” Liberty County head coach Joel Moody said.
The Panthers mustered a base hit from Albertson in the bottom of the third but no runs.
In the top of the third, Liberty shortstop DeShaun Collins started a double play that held Brunswick to a 3-0 lead.
J.T. Evans notched an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning for Liberty’s first run, but by then the score was 9-1.
Liberty added its last run in the late innings off of a sacrifice fly from Lamar Speight. Speight’s ball was within 10 feet of the wall and the Panthers had the bases loaded.
“Lamar hit a shot for us. If it would have been just 10 more feet, we could have had a grand slam and it would have been a different ballgame,” Moody said.
Collins and Jeremy Scott also had base hits for Liberty.
“We played good for the first three or four innings the same way we did against Richmond Hill. One thing I’ve noticed looking at the records on our side of the region is most of them average four or five wins. We just have to learn to put together a whole game. We are really coming together and playing as a team and I think that is going to help us every game,” Moody said.
Liberty fell to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in Region 2A-AAAA. The Panthers travel today to Wayne County for another region game.