It was an all-or-nothing week for the Liberty Bell High School baseball team, which won three games with football-like scores but took a loss when the Mountain Lions could muster only two runs.
On March 29, Liberty Bell won its first home game of the year over Waterville, 17-7. Sam Thomsen pitched 3-1/3 innings for the Mountain Lions and struck out six. Finlay Holston finished up with 1-2/3 innings. Coach Michael Wilbur said Cole Darwood and Jacob McMillan both had good days at the plate, each scoring three runs. Holston had three hits, and Derek Alumbaugh added two.
Liberty Bell traveled to Chelan on March 30, dropping a 4-2 decision.
“Derek Alumbaugh pitched three innings, giving up two runs in the first due to some shaky defense and bases on balls,” Wilbur said. “He bounced back nicely and pitched well in the second and third innings.”
“Peter Aspholm threw two innings, giving up a couple of runs, one earned,” Wilbur added. “Gavin Wengerd had a double, drew a walk and scored a run. Jacob McMillan singled and scored.”
It was all about the bats, except when it was all about the arms, as the Mountain Lions blasted the visiting Oroville Hornets in taking both games of a double-header on Friday (April 1).
Alumbaugh was untouchable, striking out 14 consecutive batters on his way to a five-inning, 25-0 win in the first game, and giving up just one hit. The Mountain Lions scored 17 runs in the first inning, which required some innovative work on the part of the scoreboard keeper. Jacob McMillan cleared the loaded bases with a triple that he tried, unsuccessfully, to turn into an inside-the-park home run.
Things didn’t get much better for Oroville in the second game, which Liberty Bell won 23-4. Mountain Lion pitcher Finlay Holston came within an out of a no-hitter in winning the five-inning game.
After the spring break, the Mountain Lions will be home for several games: against Tonasket on Tuesday (April 12), against Brewster on Thursday (April 14), and a double-header against Bridgeport on April 16.