Lady Lions debark Loggers in overtime

By Mike Maltais

In what one spectator described as “the best game I’ve ever seen,” the Liberty Bell High School varsity softball team took Darrington into extra innings following a 10-10 tie at the end of regulation play and defeated the Loggers, 12-10, in the eighth inning in the first round of state playoffs for the Lady Lions at Yakima on Friday (May 30).

A back-and-fourth battle early in the game saw the lead change hands before Liberty Bell scored six runs in a huge fifth inning surge to go in front, 8-3. Darrington fought back to regain the lead, 10-9, in the top of the seventh before the Lady Lions tied the game in their final at bat.

Liberty Bell’s Kelsey Baldwin held Darrington to no runs in the top of the eighth while the Lady Lions brought home two to win, 12-10.

Napavine narrowly defeated Riverside Christian to advance to meet Liberty Bell in a quarterfinal game set for 7 p.m. Friday evening. The winner of that contest will move on to semifinal play against either Pe Ell or Adna on Saturday (May 31) at noon.

See next week’s Methow Valley News for more complete coverage of all the Liberty Bell tournament action.


Dickinson places fifth in state 1B/2B golf

By Mike Maltais

Liberty Bell High School senior Riley Dickinson moved from 11th place with an 86 in the first round of the top 20 golfers at the state 1B/2B golf championships at Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood Wednesday (May 28) to finish fifth on Thursday (May 29) with a second-round score of 80.

Dickinson, the only golfer representing Liberty Bell, which does not currently have a varsity golf team, secured permission to play on the Manson golf team at state.

Riley is the son of Pete and Janice Dickinson of Winthrop and has helped coach young golfers at Winthrop’s Bear Creek Golf Course.