A group of baseball players, mostly from Liberty County High School, faced a group from Long County in a double-header Friday afternoon, kicking off their summer league games. Game one ended in a 3-3 tie.
With a rainbow in the sky and a slight drizzle, the game started with the Long County squad taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
In the third inning, the Panthers tied the score. In the top of the fourth, the Long County team slugged in another run to go up 2-1 but the Panthers’ younger players were making hits. Richard Lovelady advanced a runner and David Powell slugged in a run, making it a 2-2 ball game.
Panther pitcher Chris Rafferty pitched well for four innings but in the top of the fifth he loaded the bases with only one out.
The Panthers brought in Joe Watkins, who struck out three batters, but allowed one run on a wild pitch.
The Panthers kept themselves in the game with some good hits. Trey Sikes hit a single and Watkins came in as a courtesy runner. Watkins later crossed the plate to tie the game at 3 before the final out, ending the game at a tie.
After a brief break, the squads battled again but this time it was a decisive 6-1 victory for the Panthers.