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One win follows another
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Liberty County followed its 4-3 win against Effingham County with a 15-7 win against Brantley County.
The Panthers (7-10) slugged 18 hits in Thursday’s win against the visiting Herons (8-9).
Liberty County hopes to ride the momentum into Friday’s sub-region game at Burke County, which starts at 6 p.m.
The Panthers and Bears are tied for third place in Region 3-AAA south at 2-3. A win puts Liberty County in the driver’s seat for a region playoff berth. A loss means the Panthers will need help to avoid staying at home in the postseason.
In Thursday’s win, six Panthers had multi-hit games and Tuesday night’s hero Henry Barrett went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Erik Mattingly, who closed out the game for a save, went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs.
Brad Harris also went 3-for-4, but had a sacrifice and an RBI.
Skyler Hoffer and Robert Walsh each had two hits and two RBIs.
Justin Eaton collected two hits.
Paul Davis earned the win, pitching five innings. He surrendered five hits and allowed three earned runs. Davis struck out seven batters.
Eaton pitched the sixth inning.
Liberty County wasted little time getting on the board, scoring three in the first inning.
Brantley County starting pitcher freshman Seth Hendrix had a difficult time finding the strike zone, walking four batters and hitting a batter in the first inning.
The Panthers tacked on another run in the fourth inning.
The Herons cut the lead in half — 4-2 — in the fifth inning, but the Panthers rallied in the bottom half of the inning, scoring six runs.
Both teams scored five runs in the sixth inning.

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