Six senior baseball players were recognized during Liberty County High School’s doubleheader against New Hampstead on Friday at LCHS.
The celebration included back-to-back Panther wins as Liberty swept the Phoenix 11-0 and 12-1 in shortened games.
In the first game, the Panthers ripped off seven runs in the second inning, highlighted by an RBI by Hunter Miller and two-run singles by Aric Albertson and Tanner Wilder.
Albertson also doubled in Jerrold Clark and Parker Neeley in the third inning and later scored on Jacari Roberts’ for a 10-0 lead.
The Panthers added a run in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, the Phoenix were in scoring position but Liberty catcher Quindon Montgomery made a key play at home to keep the visitors from scoring.
Colby Rhea worked his magic on the mound for five innings, striking out seven and walking only two.
Liberty seniors Elvis Mack, Dalton Bryant, Jerrold Clark, Montgomery, Vince Smith and Dylan Norris were honored during the break between games.
In Friday’s second game, Liberty pitcher Vincent Brunelli tossed five innings, striking out six with no walks.
At the plate, the Panthers piled up six runs in the third and five in the fourth.
Roberts had an RBI double to put Liberty up in the first inning.
In the third inning, Montgomery scored a run off a Phoenix fielding error.
Miller hit a two-run double, scoring in Rhea and Smith, and later singled in Smith.
Albertson went 3 for 3 in the game. Roberts went 2 of 3 with four RBIs.
The Panthers, 13-3 overall and 6-2 in Region 3-AAAA, have a big region doubleheader against Wayne County next Friday in Jesup. The first pitch is at 4:30 p.m.