Panther bats come alive in Lampasas win

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Freshman Wyatt Cheney played a big role in wins over Lampasas on Saturday and Tuesday. In a 10-5 win on April 16, Cheney had a two-run double in the sixth, kicking off a seven-run inning for the Panthers. In a 5-0 win on April 19, Cheney struck out five batters in two scoreless innings of relief. (Alex Rubio Photo)

Freshman Wyatt Cheney played a big role in wins over Lampasas on Saturday and Tuesday. In a 10-5 win on April 16, Cheney had a two-run double in the sixth, kicking off a seven-run inning for the Panthers. In a 5-0 win on April 19, Cheney struck out five batters in two scoreless innings of relief. (Alex Rubio Photo)

By MIKE SCHOEFFEL

Liberty Hill’s offense, which has struggled to establish a sense of consistency during parts of the season, came alive in a big way at Lampasas on April 16.

Liberty Hill collected eight hits and reached double-digit runs for the third time this year, winning, 10-5, to snap a two-game losing streak.

The win set up the Panthers with an opportunity to finish the season on a four-game winning streak. They beat Lampasas for a second time three nights after the first win, and will finish the season with games at Burnet and Llano — two teams they’ve already defeated this season.

In the April 16 game, the Panthers did the majority of the damage in the top of the sixth, constructing a seven-run inning that turned a one-run lead into a seven-run lead.

Freshman phenom Wyatt Cheney started the scoring, singling to center field to bring home Slater Foust and Colt King. Tyler Russell followed with an RBI single to make it 6-2. Travis Williamson then drew a bases loaded walk, and Connor Thompson came through with the biggest hit of the night — a triple to right field that scored three runs.

Liberty Hill starter Nathan Flake turned in a quality start, lasting six innings and allowing one earned run (three unearned).

Luke Alexander closed out the game in the seventh, albeit with a sense of drama.

Lampasas loaded the bases with no outs, after an error and two hit batters. Alexander recovered nicely, however, retiring three of the last four batters he faced to give the Panthers the much-needed victory.

Liberty Hill head coach Mike Kristan was liberal with his substitutions, giving at-bats to 16 different players.

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