The drizzle kept fans under umbrellas as the Liberty County baseball team hosted Wayne County in a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.
The Region 3-AAAA games were the last home games of the regular season for the Panthers. Between the games, the Liberty coaches honored senior players with gifts, recognizing their contributions for the season.
Liberty kept game 1 fairly close, losing 2-1.
Wayne County scored in the second inning and again in the fourth.
In the fifth, Panther Brett Smith got on base, stole second, advanced to third and was brought home by a Parker Neely RBI single. The Panthers also mounted a seventh-inning rally, but left bases loaded for the loss.
Despite taking the loss, Panther Colby Rhea tossed 10 strikeouts, keeping the Yellow Jackets in check.
Panther seniors Jacquez Williams, Tanner Windler, Rhea, Neely, Jacari Roberts, Hunter Miller and Nate Coleman were honored, escorted to the infield by parents, friends and family. Each senior received a commemorative LCHS Panther bat with their names printed on them.
Despite the rain all the seniors and family members celebrated the moment.
Stronger rain and Wayne County dampened the mood in game 2. The Yellow Jackets took a 15-0 win in four innings.
Panther Dylan Stewart was 2 for 2 in the loss.
Roberts pitched three innings, getting two strikeouts, Aric Albertson pitched the last inning. The Panthers will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Claxton in a non-region game.
Liberty is the fourth seed entering state playoffs, which are yet to be scheduled.