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June 14th, 2021

Special to the Leader & Times


Liberal softball traveled to Tecumseh to play Shawnee Heights Thursday. Liberal lost both games. 

In Game 1, Shawnee Heights won 6-0 and did not allow a hit. 

Liberal had one bad inning and held Shawnee heights scoreless the other five innings. Jenna Ormiston struck out five. Amya Blake got on base by walk then stole two bases, but was stranded on third early in the third. Heights scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning.  They had five hits and a took advantage of a costly error. Liberal played tough defense the remainder of the game.

In Game 2 Liberal lost 15-0 in three innings. Logan Dodge picked up the only hit in the game. Liberal gave up eight runs in the first with Milly McClure on the mound. 

Ormiston relieved McClure in the second inning and struck out two more batters, but Heights added six more runs. 

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Maedeen McClure finished the game on the mound allowing one hit that would score the final run to end the game on the run rule. Liberal committed  five errors in the game.

“We knew that Heights would be a very tough game,” Liberal coach Tommy McClure said. “Most of their girls play on high level teams during the summer, and they have that championship swagger when they step on the field. The two pitchers we faced were legit girls. It is hard to simulate that speed and movement in practice. Game 1 showed us where we could be at. Take away that bad inning, and maybe even score the run early, and that confidence would’ve been different. In Game 2, we started working on strategies that we will need for the season. It also showed us where we are and what we need to work on. Mostly we will be getting back to work with hitting and the short game. We fix those and build off the positives, and we will be competitive.”

Liberal host Great Bend today at the National Beef Family Sports Complex.

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