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Panthers lose 2 in a row
Eaton
Despite a stretching attempt, the ball got behind Justin Eaton in Wednesday's loss to South Effingham. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The Liberty County Panthers have hit a slump, dropping back-to-back games against Statesboro on Tuesday and South Effingham Wednesday.
The trip to Statesboro didn't take long. But the trip home felt like an eternity to the Panthers after Statesboro handed them a 1-6 loss in the non-region match up.
"We gave up 6 runs in the 4th inning, all unearned," Panther coach Steve Cotrell said. "We came out and played flat. We were not ready to play."
Sitting at 4-0 in 3S-AAA region the Panthers faced their biggest regional opponent, the undefeated South Effingham Mustangs Wednesday afternoon at home.
The Mustangs showed why they are on top and opened the game with 2 back-to-back homers for a quick 0-2 lead.
Skyler Hoffer started on the mound for the Panthers. But the Mustangs kept the hits coming, scoring 6 more runs in the second and 2 runs in the fifth to topple the Panthers in five innings 0-10.
Justin Eaton replaced Hoffer in the third. Edward Chipple finished the game in the fifth.
The Panthers' struggled at bat and the few hits they made were either easy outs or fielded for the out.
"They are a good team," Cotrell said about the Mustangs. "Their coach does a great job with those guys, they are fundamentally sound and I told our guys they had to come ready to play and have energy and have fun.
"I think we are more athletic than them, I think we can do some things more than they can do but when you are not ready to play. Our players appeared to be intimidated by them just because of the way they take the infield and outfield. We just didn't respond to them. We didn't respond when they put up 2 runs on us and it took the steam right out of us."
Cotrell said his team appears to be in a spell right now where they are feeling sorry for themselves. He hopes his guys snap out of it as they face another regional challenge tonight against Burke at home.
"Now we are in a dogfight for second or third place," the coach said. "We have to find a way to get in. We will find out what kind of character and integrity our kids have. They will have to step up."
Tonight's game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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