Liberty County High School played host to Wayne County High for a Region 3-AAAA softball game Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Jackets stung the girls in the second inning to take the lead and eventually win 6-1. Then on Thursday the Lady Panthers traveled to Jesup for the final regular-season game. The Yellow Jackets came out on top again winning 5-0 in the Region 3-AAAA rematch.
Before Tuesday’s home game, Lady Panthers Serena Davenport and Haley Spencer were honored by coach Jerome Standard. The coach presented flowers and gifts to the girls and thanked them for their efforts to make the team successful this season.
After the ceremony, the teams took the field where the Liberty girls scored first off a solo home run by Kathryn Carter in the bottom of the first.
But at the top of the second inning the Lady Yellow Jackets scored a run off an error. The Wayne County girls had two runners on base and Lady Jacket Chelsea Lyons smacked the ball to the back fence for an in-the-park home run and a 4-1 Lady Jacket lead. Wayne County’s Hannah Farrell then smacked a triple to get in scoring position and Yellow Jacket pitcher Myranda Hand brought in Farrell with a single.
In the seventh inning, Hand smacked her own solo-home run to give the Lady Jackets the 6-1 win.
Carter was 1-of-3 with the home run and the Lady Panthers’ only hit. She also pitched the game, tossing three strikeouts and walking two batters.
In Thursday’s loss Carter, Taylor Rine and Rachel Smith were all 1-of-3 at bat. Rine had a double. Carter also pitched the rematch, tossing three strikeouts.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked 10th in the state and 30th nationally, are 22-4 and 10-0 in region play.
According to updated stats on maxpreps.com the Liberty girls (15-14, 5-5) are the third seed team in the region.
Burke County (12-14, 6-4) is in second place.
As of press time region playoff information had not been posted.