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Softball season getting closer
Bradwell Institute assistant softball coach Misty Eastlake, left, talks with Liberty County High School head softball coach Jerome Standard in a game last season. The two will meet again this season, with the first game scheduled for Aug. 13 at LCHS.

While football soon will highlight Friday nights, the local girls’ softball teams will also be busy once school starts again.

Bradwell Institute has a partial schedule posted on, but Liberty County High School has most of its schedule posted for the upcoming season.

The Lady Panthers have two back-to-back home games pitting them against their area rivals. Liberty will starts at 4 p.m. Aug.
10 against Long County and hosts Bradwell at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The Lady Panthers are scheduled for a tournament Aug. 14-15, but were still finalizing their opponent and location at press time.

Liberty will be on the road for its next five games. The Lady Panthers will play at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 in Guyton against South Effingham and at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Long County, travel to Burke County for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 27, play at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 in Richmond Hill and face Bradwell at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

On Sept. 12, Liberty will host a doubleheader against Thomson starting at 2 p.m. At 6 p.m. Sept. 15, LCHS will host South Effingham before traveling to Portal on Sept. 17 for a 5 p.m. game.

The Lady Panthers will host Richmond Hill at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 and Windsor Forest at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22. They travel to Windsor Forest two days later for a rematch at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and play at New Hampstead at 5 p.m. Sept. 29. The Lady Panthers return the favor and host the Lady Phoenix at 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

The final two games of the season will be against Wayne County, with the Lady Panthers visiting the Jesup team at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and hosting the Yellow Jackets at 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

Last year, Liberty was 16-16 overall and 5-5 in Region 3-AAAA. The Lady Panthers went to the first round of the state playoffs, where Pike County beat them in a best-of-three series.

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