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Panthers near flawless in scrimmage
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Liberty County junior Ethan Pringle fires and delivers a pitch in the Panthers’ scrimmage against McIntosh County. Sophomore Aaron Hoffer waits for the pitch behind the plate. - photo by Photo by John Deike
Over the weekend, the Liberty County baseball team nearly shut out the McIntosh Academy Buccaneers by beating them 10-1 as the nine-inning scrimmage came to a close.   
Head coach Steve Cotrel said the scrimmage was a positive indication because the team executed well and because the younger and older boys were able to play cohesively.
“After four innings, the score was 9-0,” Cotrel said. “For the fifth, sixth and seventh, we put our junior varsity on and had mostly eighth and ninth graders playing, while McIntosh kept their varsity on the field the entire scrimmage.”
The team is composed of many younger players who are sophomores and juniors and the Panthers only have two seniors on the team this year, Cotrel said.  
“There are no individual players on this team,” senior Robert Walsh said. “We do not consider ourselves better or worse than anyone else.  We all play competitively, and when we win we will all win as a team.”
“During the scrimmage, we did not make many errors and our pitching was great.  Our season opener against Wayne County will be tough, but we are ready to win,” senior Erik Mattingly said.  
Editor’s note: The Panthers opened their season Tuesday against Wayne County. The game was not complete in time for press. Check for the results on the Courier’s website at and a story in Friday’s edition.
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