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Lady Panthers take game one 4-0 over Bridge City

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    Liberty Head Coach Karen Slack greets Kaci West after her two-run homer against Bridge City on Wednesday night at home The Vindicator | Jerry Michalksy
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    Liberty’s Reese Evans lays down this bunt for a hit against Bridge City on Wednesday night at home. The Vindicator | Jerry Michalksy

Kaci West put together another complete game on Wednesday night at home in game one of their Class 4-A Region III Bi-district series against Bridge City by holding the Lady Cardinals to just a hit while delivering a two-run homer in the third inning to lead Liberty to a 4-0 win in giving the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead in the series. Seven different players had hits for Liberty. The Lady Panthers got a run in their first at-bat to move in front for good. Jaylen Prichard walked and then stole second, and with twoouts, Mikaelah Burkland also walked. Catcher Hollie Thomas then singled to give Liberty a 1-0 lead. The Lady Panthers then extended their advantage in the third as Maci Beam singled in front of West, who lofted a pitcher over the center-field wall for a two-run home run, and the lead was 3-0. The score stayed the same until Liberty added some insurance in the sixth inning. Kylie Bishop singled and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kamdyn Chandler. Alex Wiley then hit a shot to shortstop that took a bad bounce and rolled all the way to the fence to plate Bishop and Wiley was standing at third base, and the score was 4-0. That would be more than enough for West, who was rolling as the senior finished with 11 strikeouts. Bishop finished with two hits to lead the eight-hit attack.