By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity softball team met its toughest opponent so far this season in a doubleheader loss — by scores of 10-4 and 7-4 — to Pateros on Saturday (April 26), following an easy 15-6, five-inning win against Lake Roosevelt four days earlier.
Every Lady Lion got to see action against the Raiders as Liberty Bell piled up an 11-2 advantage after just three innings of play.
Kelsey Baldwin and Lily Darwood shared pitching duties and just about everyone got in on the hitting. Senior Julie McMillan hit a pair of doubles, and Korrie Perryman and Whitney Fox smacked a double apiece.
Eighth-grade outfielder Lauren Ochoa knocked in two runs with a hard-hit single, later stole second base, and eventually slid home to score.
The undefeated Nannies lived up to expectations as the best team Liberty Bell has faced so far this season.
Despite some solid hitting and good field play, the Lady Lions could not match the steady Pateros offense.
The Lady Lions scored on a Baylee Canedo double in the third inning and again in the fourth when a Carley McMeans single brought home Ochoa, who had tripled earlier. Senior shortstop Perryman walloped an inside-the-park home run on the fenceless Pateros field to punctuate Liberty Bell’s four runs.
Had the Lady Lions been able to produce more innings like their four-run third in game two, the final score would have worn a different look.
Kuirstin Pilkinton knocked in two runs and Ochoa’s second triple of the day drove in two more, but the rally ended there.
The Lady Lions were scheduled to tackle the Fillies at Bridgeport on Tuesday (April 29). The last time the two teams met for a doubleheader earlier this month, Liberty Bell won both games, 16-1 and 19-4.
The Lady Lions will be at Oroville on Friday (May 2) for a doubleheader against the Hornets, and will get another shot at the Nannies when Pateros comes to town on Tuesday (May 6) for a rematch at 4:30 p.m.