Liberty Hill topples Lady Bears in Game One

Published 9:06 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017

MADISONVILLE — Piling up 16 hits and hitting three home runs, the top-ranked Liberty Hill Lady Panthers downed the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears 14-6 in Game One of their best-of-three Class 4A Region III semifinal series at Madisonville High School.

Game Two of the series will be Friday at 5 p.m. at Madisonville High School with Game Three to follow if necessary.

The Lady Panthers (34-1) received four hits apiece from their leadoff hitter Carissa Garza and Sam Barnett.

Amber Wiggins got the win on the hill for Liberty Hill. She went the distance, scattering 11 hits while fanning three as the Lady Bears had a solid night at the plate as well.

Brianna Frenzel and Renna Toomey both pitched for LC-M(24-9). Frenzel tossed the first inning. Toomey worked the next 2 2/3 innings and Frenzel finished it up.

The Lady Panthers struck in the top of the first inning off Frenzel.

Barnett had a one-out single between first and second base and scored when Jessika Truax belted a two-run home run deep over the left centerfield fence.

Frenzel countered nicely though with two outs in the bottom of the first when she took a Wiggins’ offering a delivered it over the centerfield wall to trim it to 2-1.

Liberty Hill put up four runs in the top half of the second as Renna Toomey took the mound for the Lady Bears.

Two consecutive Lady Bear errors allowed Kandyn Faurie and Ashton Doerner to reach and Ashley Gatlin drew a walk to load the bases.

Garza belted a two-run single to push it to 4-1. Barnett scored a run with a RBI single up the middle and Joely Williamson plated the sixth run with a RBI groundout.

The Lady Bears struck again in the bottom of the third.

Olivia Leavings roped a leadoff double and Jenna James singled to center with one out. Renna Toomey made it 6-2 with a RBI single to left that scored courtesy runner Emily Landry. Ashley Short walked to load the bases and Joanna Henry slapped a RBI single up the middle that brought home James.

The Lady Panthers piled up five runs in the top of the fourth.

Logan Oehler had a leadoff double to centerfield and Garza followed with an infield single. Barnett made it 8-3 with a two-run single up the middle.

With two outs, Kenzie Coleman slapped a RBI double and Faurie came up with a two-run home run blast to push it to 11-3.

Doerner had a single up the middle and Gatlin reached on a single as Toomey was replaced by Frenzel on the LC-M hill. Frenzel got Oehler to fly out to end the threat.

LC-M struck for a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Jonee Villanueva had a leadoff single to center and Madison Murdock reached on a single. Leavings moved the runners over with a groundout and Frenzel brought in her second run of the night with a RBI groundout.

Liberty Hill went up 12-4 in the top of the fifth.

Garza had a leadoff single and went all the way to third on a two-base error and scored on a wild pitch.

The Lady Panthers tacked on another run in the top of the sixth when Coleman stroked a leadoff solo homer.

Liberty Hill added a run in the top of the seventh.

Garza reached on a one-out single and scored on a Barnett RBI single.

The Lady Bears scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Toomey had a leadoff single and scored off an error after a ball hit by Short. Short was able to dart in to score off a Henry infield single.