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Panthers blank Tigers in Coastal Shootout
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Bradwell’s DeAnte Day swings at a pitch, while Liberty’s Matt Desbiens plays behind the plate Friday. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins


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By Jimmy Currier
Coastal Courier (Hinesville, GA) Sports Editor

Liberty County took advantage of its opportunity to play cross-county rival Bradwell, with a 10-0 win Friday in the Coastal Georgia Shootout at Liberty County High School.
Justin Eaton pitched a complete game for the Panthers, going five innings.
“Justin threw strikes and he didn’t walk many,” LCHS coach Steve Cotrell said. “We only made one error and we swung the bat well and put the ball in play.”
The young Tigers, who have eight rising freshman, committed several errors to extend the Panthers’ innings.
The Panthers didn’t seem sleepy in the 9 a.m. start, scoring four runs in the first inning.
Kendrick Jones and Byron Calahan had big days at the plate. Jones went 1-for-1, with a double and scored two runs. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. Meanwhile, Calahan went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. He scored two runs and was hit by a pitch.
The Coastal Georgia Shootout started Thursday and ended Friday, with Saturday’s slate of games cancelled because of Tropical Storm Barry bringing much-needed rain to the area.
Cotrell, while disappointed with having to cancel the tournament’s final five games, acknowledged that the rain is welcomed and needed.
In the Panthers’ first game, they blasted Benedictine, 11-1 in five innings Thursday.
Henry Barrett pitched three innings, while Dylan Brown and Cody French each pitched an inning.
In the Panthers’ final game, they lost 6-1 to Brantley Coutny.
Trey Sikes was charged with the loss.
Brown scored the Panthers’ lone run. He singled in the fourth, stole second and later scored. For the game, he went 2-for-2 with a double.
The Panthers play a double-header Tuesday against Pierce County, starting at 6 p.m.
Coastal Georgia Shootout results:
Benedictine 5, Long County 0
Liberty County 11, Benedictine 1 (5 innings)
Liberty County 10, Bradwell 0 (5 innings)
Long County 11, Bradwell 3
Brantley County 6, Liberty County 1
Benedictine 2, Brantley County 0
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