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The Lightning survive the Warriors

Liberty baseball holds off a late attack from CR Wash for an 11-8 win
Liberty High senior Jonah Warren started on the mound for the Lightning in a varsity contest with Cedar Rapids Washington Thursday, June 18, on Liberty’s new diamond. Warren worked three innings giving up three hits, one run and striking out three. The Lightning survived a late charge by the Warriors for an 11-8 win. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s first varsity game on its new diamond was almost marred by defeat as the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors erased an 8-1 deficit Thursday, June 18. The Bolts opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and followed with one in the third, and two in the fourth before the Warriors scored one run in the top of the fifth. The Lightning added three more in the bottom half of the fifth, and looked to be cruising toward the win. However, a seven-run onslaught by Washington in the top of the sixth wiped out the lead, tied the game at 8-8, and left the Bolts scrambling to limit any further damage.
Liberty loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and retook the lead when senior Alec Boldt walked home. The Bolts picked up an insurance run as junior Brody Fishman scampered across the plate on a passed ball for a 10-8 advantage before senior Isaac Bender scored in similar fashion. Sam Funke, a senior, took the win for Liberty with 1 2/3 innings of work at the end of the contest where he held the Warriors to one hit and struck out three.
Nolan Frey, a senior, had a triple and went 4-4 at the plate. Boldt and senior Jacob Norris knocked a double apiece with two singles from senior Sam Funke. Jonah Warren pitched the first three innings, giving up one run, three hits and striking out three. Ethan O’Donnell, a junior, worked two innings giving up three hits and striking out five. Tyler Dahm, a senior, worked a third of an inning, giving up six runs and two hits with one strikeout.