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Panthers beat Brantley; lose to Burke
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Liberty County’s Paul Davis rocks and fires in Thursday’s 15-7 win against Brantley County. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Courier
Liberty County High School’s goal of reaching the state baseball playoffs for the first time in school history just became more difficult.
The Panthers lost 6-5 at Burke County on Friday to fall to fourth place in Region 3-AAA south at 2-4. Meanwhile, the Bears improved to 3-3 in the sub-region and are in third place.
South Effingham lost to Richmond Hill Friday 5-4, but remains in first place by a half-game over Richmond Hill. The winner of the sub-region automatically qualifies for the state playoffs, while the second and third place teams qualify for the region playoffs, where a win is needed to advance to state.
The Panthers hope to bounce back Tuesday, when Richmond Hill comes to town for a 5:30 p.m. game.
Liberty County defeated Brantley County 15-7 on Thursday, slugging 18 hits.
The Panthers (7-10) slugged 18 hits against the visiting Herons.
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 for Liberty County.
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