After getting rained out for their first game against Houston County and postponing game two at Windsor Forest because of bad field conditions, the Liberty County Panthers finally opened the baseball season with a 5-1 win over Jenkins in Savannah on Tuesday.
For new head coach David Samuel it was his first opportunity to see his squad in action and he said the guys did a great job.
"They came out, did their individual jobs and got the task completed," he said. "Overall, the game went as I would have anticipated it to go."
He said his squad showed they could handle stress.
"Our bus got stuck in Savannah traffic and we arrived to the game late," he said. "We had to rush to warm up and did not get an infield/outfield practice. I am proud of the guys for performing the way they did in that tough situation."
Sophomore pitcher Joe Watkins got the nod to start, with Eddie Chipple coming in at the seventh inning as relief.
"Joe did an awesome job on the mound," Samuel said. "He went 6 strong innings, only giving up 1 run on 2 hits."
The coach said he’s seen steady progress and improvement in his players.
The Panthers were set to host Johnson High Thursday at 5 p.m., with senior Justin Eaton tapped to start on the mound.
The game against Houston County was rescheduled for April 25. The rescheduling of the Windsor Forest game is pending.
The Courier will bring you the results of that game as soon as they become available.
Pitchers: Joe Watkins, pitched for six innings getting 4 strikeouts, allowing 2 hits and gave up 1 earned run.
Eddie Chipple, came in for the seventh inning and got 1 strike out.
Cody French was 1 of 2 with a double and an RBI.
Watkins had a base hit and two RBIs.
Cameron Harris had a base hit and a RBI.
Chipple, Matt Desbiens, Zach Henzley and Brandon Whitmore all had a hit apiece.