BY MIKE MALTAIS
The Liberty Bell High School varsity girls’ softball team kept its undefeated league record intact with a 10-3 win over visiting Lake Roosevelt Tuesday, April 16, before losing a non-league double-header on the road at Pateros Saturday (April 20).
Strong pitching by sophomore Kelsey Baldwin combined with solid .500 hitting by several Lady Lions kept the Raiders from gaining traction anytime during the seven-inning contest at home.
Baldwin threw seven strikeouts and only walked three batters, while Liberty Bell collected 14 hits. Baldwin, Korrie Perryman, Julie McMillan and Cierra Ebbert all batted two-for-four and sophomore Baylee Canedo slammed the game’s only home run over the left field fence in the early innings.
It was a different story at Pateros, where the Nannies relied on their own strong pitching and consistent hitting to take both sides of a doubleheader, 10-0 and 14-4.
“The first game was real tight through the first six innings,” said coach Lee Pilkinton. “We had players on base and Pateros was only up 2-0 until the seventh inning when they got the rest of their runs.”
The Lady Lions avoided a shutout in game two but still came up short by 10 runs.
Liberty Bell was scheduled to host Bridgeport Tuesday (April 23). The last time the two teams met in an April 13 doubleheader, the Lady Lions swept both, 9-2 and 10-8.
The Lady Lions will face league opponent Oroville for the first time this season in a double-header at Liberty Bell starting at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 27).
Liberty Bell will get another shot at the Nannies at Pateros Tuesday (April 30).
Photo by Mike Maltais: Third baseman Kuirstin Pilkinton goes after a ground ball while shortstop Korrie Perryman moves into position to back up the play during action against Lake Roosevelt last week. The Lady Lions won 10-3.