By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Liberal played all seven innings in the first game against Hugoton Friday, and while both games ended in losses, the Lady Redskins were more competitive than in their first two games against Ulysses.
The Lady Redskins fell behind 4-0 after three innings, but the Lady redskins responded in the top of the fourth.
Brittany Granger hit a one-out single, and after an error by the Hugoton shortstop, Emily Castaneda roped a liner down the right field line to score two runs.
Hugoton added a run in the bottom of the fifth, and neither team scored the rest of the way. Hugoton took the first game 5-2.
Granger pitched all six innings with six strikeouts and four walks.
“We must keep other teams from having their big inning, and we need to get more timely hits to help ourselves when needed,” Liberal coach Pat Knott said. “Having just one error in six innings is a great building point.”
Game 2, however, did not go as well.
After a scoreless first inning, Hugoton strung together six runs in the second, five in the third, and six in the fourth to end the game by run rule, 16-1.
Liberal’s lone run came in the top of the fourth when Castaneda hit a lead-off double and advanced to third on a ground out. After a strike out for the second out, Marina Arenivas put the ball in play, and the Hugoton catcher overthrew first base. Castaneda scored.
“Early walks and timely hits put us behind early,” Knott said. “We need to stay close to give ourselves a chance. We will regroup and go to Scott City Monday.”