For the second time, Bryan County claimed a win over Liberty County on the diamond.
The Redskins won, 13-9, in a hard-fought battle Tuesday at LCHS.
Liberty County coach Joel Moody said his team made three crucial errors in the top of the seventh inning, and Bryan County capitalized on them for what turned out to be the winning runs. In their final at-bat, the Panthers had the tying run at the plate, but the Redskins converted a double play to clinch the win.
Vince Smith homered twice to highlight the Panthers’ 19-hit attack. Curtis Michalowicz added four hits, Gary Albertson and Colby Rhea had three hits apiece. Quinndon Montgomery, Jacari Roberts and J.T. Evans each had two hits.
Moody felt Roberts, who was Liberty County’s starting pitcher, was effective for the first two innings. Rhea pitched the final 2 1/3 innings.
Moody said the wind was an issue, and both teams struggled to make plays because of it. He added the team is still looking to secure a few positions and wants the team to improve its defense as it prepares for region play late next week.
Just before the varsity game, the junior-varsity Panthers blasted a 12-0 win over the Redskins. Panther JV baseball coach Corbin Stripling said his defense had no errors and allowed only one hit.
Liberty pitcher Aric Albertson was the winner with seven strikeouts, two walks and a one hit allowed. Martial Washington led the team at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and a single.
“I was very excited about the showing our team put on for their first game together,” Stripling said. “We played strong, well-disciplined baseball. We are not the team I want us to be yet, but we have definitely taken a big step in the right direction.”
On March 1, the varsity Panthers had another good offensive performance with 12 hits in their 9-4 win over Bradwell at LCHS.
Michalowicz was 4 for 4 at the plate. Albertson, Montgomery, Rhea, Evans, Smith, Lamar Speight, Will Scaggs and Justin Dixon also had hits for the Panthers.
Michalowicz also got the win on the mound. Roberts pitched the final inning on relief.
The Panthers are 2-2 overall and will host Glynn Academy at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Bradwell fell, 11-1, on Tuesday in Statesboro. Sage Sammons took the loss on the mound
Tiger baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said the final score was not indicative of how his team played.
“We were aggressive at the plate and did not strike out like we have been doing in the past … We improved last night, and that is what I am looking for,” Hellgren said.