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Unranked Lightning splits with 2nd-ranked Little Hawks

Liberty pulls off 8-7 win in extra innings, but falls 17-1 in nightcap
Freshman Kylie Hamers celebrates after scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth inning of game one of a varsity doubleheader against City High Thursday, June 18, at Liberty. The Lightning scored their first win of the season with an 8-7 upset (in 10 innings) over the No. 2 Little Hawks. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team put up its first win of the season in dramatic fashion Thursday, June 18, with a sweep over No. 2 Iowa City High. The unranked Lightning overcame a 7-6 deficit in the 10th inning of game one of a doubleheader with two runs to pull out an 8-7 win in the first game played on their new diamond.
The Little Hawks hit the scoreboard first with a solo home run in the top of the third, but senior Brylee Klosterman scurried home in the bottom of the inning to tie. Freshman Kylie Hamers gave Liberty a 2-1 lead as she scampered home in the fourth, but City knotted the game again in the top of the fifth. The Little Hawks pulled ahead 5-3 in the seventh, but Klosterman and junior Miranda Jones scored to tie it up at 5-5. The stalemate continued with one run each in the eighth, a scoreless ninth, and one City High run in the top of the 10th before the Lighting flashed for two in the bottom of the inning.
Klosterman drilled a one-run triple, Jones smacked a double and juniors Raquel Trolliet and Addie Schmierer had two hits apiece. Junior Tiffany Jones, sophomores Haley Napoli and Ella McLaughlin and freshman Kylie Hamers put up one hit each. Kara Maiers, a junior, went the distance with 13 strikeouts.
The Little Hawks regrouped for the nightcap and flew to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second, and added a dozen more runs in the third. “Rock” Trolliet smacked an RBI single to score Klosterman in the bottom of third. The game ended at 17-1 under the mercy rule.
Klosterman, Tiffany Jones, Trolliet, freshman Kennedy Daugherty and eighth grader Mischa Reiners had one hit apiece. Kinsley Robertson, a sophomore, pitched two innings with four strikeouts.
City improved to 3-1 while the Lightning dropped to 1-3.