Softball season is quickly approaching the playoffs, and local teams are wrapping up their regular games and catching up on matches that were rescheduled due to weather.
The Liberty County girls on Thursday afternoon traveled to South Effingham, where the Mustangs won, 8-0.
According to Lady Panther coach Jerome Standard, the home team earned the win.
“They beat us. We didn’t beat ourselves this time,” he said. “We only committed one error and it was a questionable one.” Megan Folker, Victoria Anthony and Jakaria Fleming each hit singles against the Lady Mustangs.
Lori Harden took the loss on the mound. She walked four and gave up five hits in the game.
“I was proud of the girls,” Standard said. “Our fielding performance has definitely improved, but we just couldn’t get the clutch hits to put the points on the board.”
Earlier in the week the Liberty girls managed to put points on the board, beating Statesboro High, 16-10. It was the Lady Panthers’ third victory against the Blue Devils.
Standard said the girls had a total of 10 hits in that game. They were led by Anthony, who had two hits, one of which was a double. Fleming was 2-for-3 with two singles and the rest, Standard said, were spread out over the lineup.
Pitching against the Blue Devils were Rachel Smith and Victoria Anthony, who combined for two strikeouts, 10 walks and three hits.
As of Saturday morning, Liberty was 5-14 overall and 2-3 in Region 3A-AAA. Standard said they are in third place in the sub-region and likely will play Hephzibah or Richmond Academy next Thursday.
Bradwell Institute fell to Glynn Academy, 8-0, Tuesday on the road.
The BI squad is 8-10 overall and 2-6 in Region 3B-AAAAA.
Both schools were scheduled to face off on the Lady Panthers’ field Saturday morning for a non-region game.
The game had been scheduled earlier in the season but was postponed due to rain. Liberty planned to honor their seniors after the game.
See Wednesday’s Coastal Courier for the game results.