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Liberty swamps Wildcat baseball
The Liberty Patriots brought out the bats last Tuesday and ended the Mount Si Wildcats' season with a 10-5 win in a first-round Kingco 3A conference baseball tournament matchup at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Craig Weber's first-inning two-run home run against Liberty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum was the highlight of the day for the Wildcats as the Patriots hurler shutdown the Mount Si hitters the remainder of the way.
"We came out in the first inning not intimidated by Tim Lincecum. We knew he can be overpowering and we went right after him," said Mount Si coach Gary McGregor. "We just didn't have enough to put him away early in the game."
Weber's home run gave the Wildcats the early lead, but Liberty responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, two of which came on a home run by outfielder Garrett Kimbrel. The Patriots then scored three more times in the bottom of the second.
Adam Dentz made things interesting in the top of the third for the Wildcats after his bases-loaded hit scored two runs to make it 6-4. The Patriots got the two runs back in the bottom of the third and were on their way to victory.
Feeling the brunt of the Patriots' 14-hit attack was Wildcats' starting pitcher Alex Smart, who gave up nine hits and eight runs, six of which were earned, in only two innings of work. Smart walked three and struck out three. Ian Opsal fared a little bit better in relief, giving up the other five Liberty hits. Kirschner allowed two runs while walking three and striking out two in two and a third innings. Nick Kirschner finished up for the Wildcats and didn't give up anything in his one and two-thirds innings of work.
Smart did well at the plate for Mount Si getting two hits, including a sixth inning solo home run against Lincecum.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of this week's Valley Record