By Joseph Garcia
It was like clockwork for the JV Purple Lady Panthers on Tuesday evening against visiting Brownwood, proving that Liberty Hill’s softball program is solid from top to bottom.
In a blink of an eye Liberty Hill was leading Brownwood 10-0, heading into the top of the fourth inning. Then the JV Lady Panther poured on some more, pelting Brownwood pitching and taking advantage of every opportunity.
When it was all over, Liberty Hill came out with a 17-2 victory, moving to 2-0 in District 8-3A play and 8-1 overall.
“We have some very talented players on JV,” said Liberty Hill JV Coach Kristen Brewer. “We are very aggressive at the plate and I like that.”
Liberty Hill nearly batted around in the fourth inning that began with a walk by Kyndall Savage, followed by a bunt single from Alexis Zamarippa. Two batters later, Jenna Kieschnick hit a two RBI single to center field that cleared the bases.
Kieschnick then scored on an RBI bunt single off the bat of Kelly McKinzey. The scoring in the fourth was capped off on a two RBI single from Lydia Clarke that made the score 16-1.
Megan Huppee went 1-for-1 at the plate with three runs scored, including an inside-the-park homerun on Tuesday. Haylee Park went 2-for-3, including a double, scoring two runs as well.
Aubrey Covington was 1-for-2 with a double and scored a run. Clarke was a perfect 2-for-2, knocking in three runs and scoring two more runs and Zamarippa went 3-for-3, scoring one run.
“We have goals before every single game and (tonight) we were working on being aggressive at the plate and not just hitting perfect strikes, but things that we can touch,” Brewer explained. “We also (worked on) running different situations, whether it’s hitting to the right side of the field or the left side of the field on purpose.”
Covington also pitched two innings, earning the win while recording six strikeouts and allowing just one hit. Shelby Bray came in to relieve Covington, pitching two innings while striking out one batter.
It is safe to say that the JV Purple team is a well-rounded squad.
“We are blessed with pitching, too, all the way around,” Brewer said. “They are working really hard and doing really well making the hitters hit their pitches. In the field, we are working on no errors and minimizing our errors. We are doing really well (there).”
Liberty Hill added one final run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a bunt RBI single by Zamarippa before time expired, making the final tally 17-2.
The JV Purple team will compete in the Pflugerville Connally Tournament March 21-22 and will then travel to Burnet the same night (Friday, March 22) for a matchup against the Lady Dawgs at 5 p.m. The JV Gold team will go to Hyde Park on Monday, March 25, with the first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.