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Sports Roundup
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Libertys Kris Coleman runs passed an Effingham County defender. Coleman has been hard to catch this season. - photo by Edward Blackmon

Homecoming at Liberty  
Liberty County will look to get on track in the Panthers’ Region 2-AAA opener on Friday.

Liberty (2-3) faces Tattnall County (1-3) at Donnel Woods Stadium. It is Homecoming for the Panthers, who opened the season ranked as high as No. 6 by the Georgia Sportswriters Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Since then, the Panthers have struggled to find consistency.

Liberty is coming off a 37-13 loss to Effingham County on Friday at Donnel Woods Stadium, despite getting a career high 238 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries from junior speedster Kris Coleman.

He has 694 yards and six touchdowns so far this season. He’s averaging 7.4 yards a carry.

The Panthers also have losses to Bradwell and Jenkins. Liberty has wins over Statesboro and New Hampstead. Both games went down to the wire.

The Battle Creek Warriors’ only win was 28-7 over Claxton on Aug. 25. Tattnall has losses to Dublin, Bradwell and Statesboro.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Long softball
The Long County High School softball team took on Appling County this past week to determine the final standings in the 2-AAA Region.

Both teams went into the best of three series ranked in the top 10, according MaxPreps.

On Friday the first two games were in Ludowici. In the first game Appling County came out on top 3-1. Alyssa Swindell pitched six innings, giving up nine hits and three runs while striking out seven. Rylie Poppell was 2 for 3 with a double while Swindell and Bailey Harrison both had hits.

The Lady Tide bounced back in the second game, winning 4-1.

Swindell got the win, scattering five hits over seven innings while striking out three. Madison Giron was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Chante Thomas was 1 for 2 with two RBIs, and Poppell was 2 for 3 with a double.

Game three was in Baxley on Monday, the Lady Pirates secured a 4-2 win.

With the results Long County now has an 18-6 record while Appling County is posting a 16-6 mark.

Having lost the best-of-three series, the Lady Tide must now travel to Baxley on Thursday to face Brantley County. The game is at 5 p.m.

According to MaxPreps the Lady Herons have a 15-7 record and are ranked No. 10 in the state.  Long County is currently ranked No. 9

When the two teams faced each other earlier this season the Lady Tide won the first time 6-5 in 10 innings, while the Lady Herons won 7-5 in the rematch.

If Long County wins that game they will finish in the third spot in the region, with a loss they will finish in fourth place. Time for Thursday’s game wasn’t known at press time.

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