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Panthers start sub-region action
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Liberty County High School baseball coach Steve Cotrell said his Panthers are ready to open the Region 3-AAA south season tonight.
The Panthers have had six days to prepare for the Burke County Bears, who are expected to challenge for the sub-region title.
Last Saturday, Skyler Hoffer pitched a complete game for the Panthers in their 10-0 win against Long County.
Hoffer, who will take the mound tonight, struck out 12 batters and allowed only two hits and two walks in the win over the Tide.
Cotrell wants his ace on the mound tonight as he squares off against the Bears’ (7-4) ace Justin Love.
Both teams have a lot of momentum going into tonight’s contest. Burke County has won their last three games but the three-hour road trip from Waynesboro could cause the Bears to play a little sluggish.
LCHS seniors Erik Mattingly and Robert Walsh hope to stay hot at the plate. Mattingly hit three doubles in the Panthers’ last game while Walsh went 2-for-2 with a homerun.
Last year, the teams split a double header in Waynesboro, with Liberty County taking the first game 3-2 and the Bears taking the second game 11-3.
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