Liberal traveled to Tecumseh to play Shawnee Heights Thursday. Varsity lost both games. Game 1 Shawnee Heights won 6 to 0 not allowing a hit. One bad inning was all Lady red had as we held them scoreless the other 5 innings. Jenna Ormiston struck out 5. Amya Blake got on base by walk then stole 2 bases, but was stranded on third early in the third. Heights would score 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning 5 hits and a costly error to open up the game for Heights. Liberal would play tough defense the remainder of the game.
Game 2 Varsity lost 15 to 0 in 3 innings. Dodge picked up the only hit in the game. Liberal would give up 8 runs in the first with Milly on the mound. Jenna would come in in the 2nd inning and strike out 2 more batters, but heights would add 6 more runs. Maedeen McClure finished the game on the mound allowing 1 hit giving that would score the final run to end the game on the run rule. Liberal committed 5 errors in the Game.
“We knew that Heights would be a very tough game. Most of their girls play on high level teams during the summer and they have that championship swagger when they step on the field. The two pitchers we faced were legit girls. It is hard to simulate that speed and movement in practice. Game one showed us where we could be at. Take away that bad inning and maybe even score the run early and that confidence would’ve been different. Game two, we started working on strategies that we will need for the season. It also showed us where we are and what we need to work on. Mostly we will be getting back to work with hitting and short game. We fix those and build off the positives and we will be competitive.” – Head Coach McClure
Lost game 1 9 to 10 to Southwestern Heights Bret Lyon went 1 – 1 scored a run and drove in 2 RBI’s
Game 2 Liberal JV won 18 to 5. Frida Civis struck out 3 batters for the win. Marypher Lopez went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and Bret Lyon 2 – 2 with 4 RBI’s
Liberal opens WAC season at home Tuesday with a single game vs Great Bend. JV will play at 4 followed by varsity at 5:30. Then both will travel to Great bend for a double header on Thursday.