By Mike Maltais

The Liberty Bell High School varsity softball team found an improved Bridgeport team awaiting them on April 29, as the Fillies handed the Lady Lions a close 7-6 loss. But it was back to a more familiar finish Friday (May 2) as Liberty Bell repelled the Hornets at Oroville, 15-2 and 20-4, in two five-inning games.

The Lady Lions convincingly manhandled the Hornets, 16-1 and 19-4, in a home doubleheader that ended in abbreviated innings last month.

Liberty Bell handed Oroville the five-inning treatment in which every Lady Lion on the team got some playing time, said coach Lee Pilkinton.

While 14 walks by the Hornets in game one contributed to a number of Liberty Bell runs, the Lady Lions got in their share of 10 hits as well.

Eighth-grade outfielder Lauren Ochoa hit her first varsity home run. Katherine Tannehill, Baylee Canedo and Whitney Fox all hit .500 or better.

In game two, Tannehill went 3-5, Canedo 2-5, and Ochoa 2-5 in contributing to the team’s nine total hits. The Lady Lions were walked 16 times and had an eight-run third inning en route to the 20-4 final.

Junior Kelsey Baldwin pitched both games for Liberty Bell.

The Lady Lions were scheduled to host the Nannies of Pateros on Tuesday (May 6). Manson will be in town Saturday (May 10) for a game starting at 4:30 p.m.