Liberty County advances to final

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

VERO BEACH — One day into its first trip to a state Final Four in softball, Liberty County is one day away from its first state championship.

The Bulldogs, 24-3, took control early and eliminated T. DeWitt Taylor 14-3 on Wednesday to advance to the finals this morning against defending state champion Lafayette. The Mayo school, 22-5, began the semifinal round by eliminating Chipley 5-1 earlier Wednesday morning.

The championship game is a rematch of the state finals in volleyball, won by Lafayette.

“It’s crazy, everything has worked out like it did in volleyball,” Bulldogs coach Jennifer Sewell said. “We beat Taylor (to get to the finals) and then played Lafayette.”

Sewell is hoping that having seven members of the softball team who also played volleyball will provide some added motivation Thursday.

“Lafayette is who we wanted,” she said. “I think it makes a huge difference, and they’ve been there” to a championship finals.

Chelsea Gowan had four hits and three runs batted in to pace a 17-hit Liberty County attack in the Bulldogs’ run-rule triumph in five innings.

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