The Liberty County High School baseball team remained winless in region play after falling to Wayne County, 18-3, in four innings Friday afternoon on the Panthers’ home field.
The game was a Region 2A-AAAA matchup, and the Panthers’ region record fell to 0-8. The Yellow Jackets improved to 5-4 to hold the third spot in the region.
The Yellow Jackets were in scoring position in the top of the first inning, but the Panthers made a play at third. Wayne County coach Justin McDonald disagreed with the referees and was sent to the dugout for the remainder of the game.
Liberty County got a run in the bottom of the first inning when Curtis Michalowicz got a RBI, scoring Panther pitcher Antonio Smith.
Dewey Rozier got things started for the Yellow Jackets when he smacked a home run over the Panthers’ right-field wall. A series of Panther infield errors gave the Yellow Jackets another run. Wayne County loaded the bases, and a wild pitch gave the visitors another run. With Yellow Jackets positioned at second and third, a shot to right field by Yellow Jacket Aaron Palmer allowed two more runs to score. Another infield error gave Wayne County a run, and Rozier notched another RBI.
The Panthers took their at-bat in the bottom of the second trailing, 7-1.
In the top of the third, the Yellow Jackets got hits, and the Panthers made errors and gave up eight more runs.
In the bottom of the third, Panther Gary Albertson reached first, and Lamar Speight hit a deep shot to center. Smith smacked one to center field. It was caught, but Albertson tagged and scored a run.
Wayne County scored three more runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Panthers scored one run, but it wasn’t enough to continue play as the run-rule was enforced.
This past Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Brunswick where they also fell to the Pirates, 9-1.