Liberty County advances to final

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

“Everybody in the lineup had at least one base hit,” Sewell said. “Carly Sapp had a leadoff stand-up triple that was big. Our whole thing is that we wanted to jump on them early.”

Sapp added three hits and Ashley Sikes had two hits and two RBIs in support of winning pitcher Kayla Johnson. Liberty County pounced early with three runs in the first inning. A five-run third opened a cushion and the Bulldogs made sure of advancing with six more runs in the fourth inning.

Johnson struck out eight while posting her 17th win of the season. Sewell said she hadn’t yet determined her starting pitcher Thursday, as Sikes sports a 7-0 record.

Sewell said that the Bulldogs coaching staff was unable to scout Lafayette in the opening semifinal, as Liberty County was given that same time frame to prepare for its game with Taylor.

Lafayette spotted Chipley an early 1-0 lead before rallying to reach the finals four the fourth time in the past seven years. The Tigers, who lost four straight games early this season, finished 10-13 after a strong stretch run under first-year head coach Kami Fannin.

Chipley scored its lone run to forge a brief lead in the top of the first inning. Sarah Gilbert had a lead-off walk, was sacrificed to second by Kari Waldrip and moved to third on an infield single by Kara Bush.

Kendal Daniels followed with a sacrifice fly for her team-leading 22nnd RBI of the season, but that is all the production Chipley could muster against Hornets starter Lindsay O’Steen. The senior right-hander pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts. Bush had two hits for Chipley.

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