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Panthers split 1st 2 games
The Liberty County baseball team and coaching staff talk between innings during Fridays 10-1 loss to Portal in Flemington. - photo by Patty Leon

Liberty County’s baseball team won a game and lost a game to open the season Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, the Panthers beat McIntosh County Academy 8-1 in Flemington.
Liberty used four hits to drive in the eight runs with Jacari Roberts going 1 for 2 with a double and 2 RBIs. Aric Albertson, Jacob Albertson, Tanner Windler and Parker Neelyeach had an RBI in the win.

Panther pitcher Colby Rhea earned the win on the mound, pitching four innings and netting eight strikeouts while walking three. Aric Albertson pitched one inning, tossing four strikeouts. Roberts pitched one inning and got two strikeouts.

Friday, it was the Panthers against the Panthers of Portal. This time, it was the visiting team that took the win, 10-1.
Portal got out to a quick 1-0 lead on an error in the first inning. Portal then notched three runs in the third and four runs in the fourth inning to pull further ahead. Portal added two more runs in the sixth inning.

Liberty was kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Neely had an RBI to score Aric Albertson.
Albertson pitched the first three innings and struck out six. Panther Vincent Brunelli pitched the remainder of the game, striking out nine.
The Panthers will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at McIntosh County.

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