Heading into the weekend of March 1, the varsity Lady Panthers held a 10-2 record with a great deal of softball to be played ahead.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Liberty Hill prevailed over old district foe, Salado with a 13-5 victory before moving on to its first tournament of the season in Marble Falls.
In the Marble Falls Tournament (Feb. 14-16), the Lady Panthers won all of their games except for one against 5A Odessa 4-8.
Liberty Hill was victorious against host Marble Falls in a 2-0 shutout thrown by sophomore Samantha Junkin. The Lady Panther followed up with an 11-1 win over 4A Kerrville Tivy as Aubrey Covington was in the circle for Liberty Hill and got the win.
Following their loss to Odessa, the Lady Panthers bounced back to defeat 4A Texas City 4-3 in what was a close contest. Junkin earned the win.
The Lady Panthers squeezed in a matchup against Wimberley on Friday, Feb. 15, and defeated the fellow 3A school in a 12-3 rout with freshman Nicole Theim earning the win. On Monday, Feb. 19, Liberty Hill traveled to Hutto and handed the 4A school a 17-10 defeat in high-scoring affair. Junkin received credit for the win.
This past weekend Liberty Hill traveled southeast to compete in the Round Rock Tournament (Feb. 21-23) and went 3-1 when it was all said and done.
Liberty Hill beat Cedar Park’s 4A Vista Ridge 5-3 with Junkin once again claiming the win. However, she and the Lady Panthers fell in extra innings to Cedar Ridge 4-3 in the next round. The Lady Panthers rebounded with strong performances and did not give up another run in wins over Navarro, 17-0, and Del Valle 9-0. Theim got the win over Navarro with Junking receiving the “W” against Del Valle.
Most recently, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Liberty Hill defeated old district rival Taylor 8-2, with Junkin getting her seventh win of the season (7-1). She went five innings, before being spelled by Theim in the sixth and seventh.
The Lady Panthers put up 15 hits in the win, giving up just two in return. Paige Lafferty led the way with three hits (a double and two singles) and two RBI.
“(We are) playing well and are hitting the ball well,” said Liberty Hill Coach Charice Hankins. “Lots of game experience going on right now, lots of games and kids are learning how to play with each other and motivate and keep the playing level focused and high.”
Next, the varsity Lady Panthers will travel to Austin High School on Friday night, sandwiched in between games played at the Georgetown Tournament that runs from Feb. 28-March 2.
JV-A vs. Austin Bowie: loss 6-12
Megan Huppee 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI, including a triple. Kyndall Savage went 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI, including a double. Kelly McKinzey also went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI that included a double and Lydia Clarke was 2-for-2 at the plate, with a double. Clarke was on the mound for four innings and allowed one walk and 12 runs off of seven hits.
JV-A vs. Hutto: win 14-0
Kelly McKinzey went 2-for-4 at the plate with one run and two RBI, including a double. Aubrey Covington was 3-for-3 with one run and an amazing five RBI that included two doubles. Jenna Kieschnick was 1-for-1 with two RBI, which included a double and Haylee Park went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI including, her first home run over centerfield fence. Covington was on the mound for five innings and fanned five batters, giving up just one hit.
JV-B vs. Austin Bowie: tie 10-10
Logan Ponish went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Kelsey Hamrick, Paige Roberts and Jessica Schweitzer all went 2-for-3 with two runs scored apiece. Shelby Bray was on the mound for four innings and allowed two walks and 10 hits.
JV-B vs. Killeen Ellison: win 20-1
“We played with a cap of five runs an inning and were able to score five runs each inning of play,” said JV Coach Kristan Brewer. “Most of our runs were scored from aggressive base running, walks and wild pitches.”
Shelby Bray was on the mound and went three up and three down for four innings before giving up a run in the fifth.