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Next-county rivals split games on diamond
Liberty scored three runs in the first off an error and a two-run single from Tia Anderson (9) in Monday's win against Long County. - photo by Patty Leon

Liberty County and Long County battled in Region 2-AAA softball games Thursday and Monday, splitting victories.
Long County won 7-6 last Thursday in Liberty. Liberty won 10-2 Monday in Flemington. Long County’s win came from a four run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Getting the win and throwing the entire game for Long County was Rylie Poppell. Over seven innings, Poppell gave up 11 hits and six runs, including four earned. She also struck out four batters.
The leading hitters for the Lady Tide were Ch’Hyya Wright who was 2 for 3, Delaney Wells and Chante Thomas, who each were 2 for 4, and

Tityanna Wilson who was 1 for 1 with a double and three walks. Ravae Rose went 1 for 5 for the night, but her one hit, a double, came at the right time, bringing in two runs to win the game.
Long County head coach Brian Thomas said his players started slow but picked things up as the game progressed.
“I thought we played pretty flat at the beginning of the game,” Thomas said. “But I was proud of the way that we hung in the game and battled to the end. I think the difference was that our girls rallied behind each other and did not stop believing in each other.”

Taking the loss for Liberty was Kaleigh Fisher. The senior walked five and struck out five. She gave up seven hits.
Leading at bat was Lady Panther Madison Winn, who was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Fisher and Meleina Davis were both 2 for 3 at bat.

Monday however, the tables turned with Liberty taking the lead from the get-go. The Blue Tide were defeated 10-2.
Liberty scored three runs in the first off an error and a two-run single from Tia Anderson. The Lady Panthers added three more runs in the second off a single by De’Ana Gumataotao that brought home Davis. Winn then hit a triple plating Carmae Gumataotao and Kiara Edwards.

Long County scored a run in the fourth and in the fifth, but Liberty drove in two more runs in the third and fifth.
Poppell pitched four innings, walking four and striking out four. Bailey Harrison pitched relief, walking three.

For Liberty, Fisher pitched the win this time. She tossed three strikeouts and walked four.
Liberty is 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the region. The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play Pierce County Tuesday. The Lady Panthers will play at Tattnall County Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

Long County is 6-11 overall and 2-5 in region play. They were scheduled to host Appling County Tuesday and will play at Pierce County Thursday at 6 p.m.

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