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Pierce County gives Panther their first loss
Edward Chipple dives into second base head first as a Pierce player jumps for the catch in Wednesday's game where the Panthers lost 0-6. The Panthers host the Liberty County Classic with a double header today and another game tomorrow. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The Liberty County Panthers hosted the Pierce County Bears Wednesday night after rain forced a postponement Tuesday night game.
The Bears used the extra night of hibernation to gather strength, bringing in six runs and shutting out the Panthers (6-0).
With four games to go before regional games begin, Panther coach Steve Cotrell put in a different pitcher every inning as he exposes his young squad to the game and seeks to finalize his final rotation.
Chris Arnold pitched the first, followed by Eddie Chipple, Paul Davis, Justin Eaton, Henry Barrett, Brad Harris and Skyler Hoffer.
"Our pitching was great for the most part," Cotrell said. "We just made errors at crucial times. We played really flat and were not mentally focused. Pierce did not beat us last night. We beat ourselves."
The Bears had five hits to the Panthers three and Cotrell said five of the Bears' six runs were unearned.
Cotrell said he is still searching for one of his players to step up and take the leadership role and if his seniors don't, he has plenty of younger talent ready to be tapped into the role.
He plans to focus on the mental aspects of the game for the next few weeks to prepare for the regional opener against Burke County on Friday, March 21.
The Panthers begin a four home game series tonight opening with the Liberty County Classic double-header. They face Savannah Christian at 4:30 p.m. and Jenkins at 7 p.m. They host Jenkins again on Saturday and Statesboro next Friday.

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