Seven runs scored in the first inning was the jump start Liberty County’s baseball team needed to clear out Groves in four innings Thursday.
Playing on Panther Field, Liberty notched in another seven runs in the third and a run in the fourth to close the game early by the run-rule.
Liberty scored in the first off a passed ball, an RBI triple from Jacari Roberts, an RBI double from Colby Rhea and a ground out by Hunter Miller. The boys also scored off an error by the Rebels and a two-run single by Parker Neely.
Neely hit a double in the third, bringing courtesy runner Jacquez Williams home to start another rally to give Liberty a 14-0 lead.
Neely finished the game a perfect 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Nate Coleman was 1 for 1 with 2 RBIs.
Rhea and Vincent Brunelli both pitched an inning, tossing three strikeouts each with no walks. Coleman pitched two innings, walking one and getting one strikeout.
Panther Jacob Albertson had seven put-outs.
Liberty will host Burke County in a Region 3-AAAA double-header Friday. The first game is set to start at 4 p.m.
Between games, the state champion boys’ basketball team will be recognized by the Panther baseball team. Panther basketball coach Julian Stokes will throw the ceremonial first pitch to start the second game.
Fans wishing to show support and get a photo of the state champions are encouraged to arrive around 5:45 p.m. and stay for the ceremony.