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Lightning strikes the Lady J-Hawks

Liberty puts up 37 runs in home doubleheader
Tiffany Jones fires the ball to first base to pick off a Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawk in game one of a junior varsity doubleheader Wednesday, June 7, at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex. The Lightning struck Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 15-5 and 22-0.

North Liberty Leader
CORALVILLE– Maybe the Johnson County storm siren test commencing just before the first pitch was an omen as the Liberty High Lightning unleashed a storm on the Jefferson J-Hawks Wednesday, June 7, at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex. The Lightning moved to 11-3 on the season with a 15-5 and 22-0 pounding of Jefferson.
Game one started on a rough note for the Lightning as the J-Hawks scored five runs in the top of the first inning. The Lightning rallied for an 11-run effort in the bottom of the first, including a three-run double by Claire Geiman and a two-run double by Ella Johnson.
The J-Hawks held the Lightning scoreless in the second, but Liberty put two more runs up in the third after Ashlyn Geasland tripled and was brought home by an RBI double from Raquel Trolliet. Johnson and Tiffany Jones were both hit back-to-back by pitches with Olivia Hall and Chaise Lange taking base for them. Kara Maiers doubled-in the second run of the inning. The Lightning’s last two runs came in the top of the fourth as Kelsey Phipps belted out an RBI triple and came home later on an error.
Eden Grimes and Eva Stewart handled the pitching duties in the opener.
The Lightning put up 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning of the second game with RBI doubles from Trolliet, Johnson and Rhianna Maakestad and RBI singles from Stewart, Anna Reese and Blythe Geiman. The slugging storm continued with nine runs in the second. Blythe Geiman nailed a two-RBI single with the bases loaded, Olivia Hall had a two-RBI double and Addie Schmierer had an RBI single.
Blythe Geiman pitched the mercy rule-shortened game.
Liberty plays Cedar Rapids Washington, at Franklin Jr. High in Cedar Rapids, on Monday, June 19, at 10 a.m. and will face Cedar Rapids Kennedy at home in Coralville on Wednesday, June 21, also at 10 a.m. The Lightning travels to Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Tuesday, June 27, and Iowa City West High on Wednesday, June 28, before wrapping up the season at home against City High on Monday, July 3.