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Liberty softball team picks up a victory

The Liberty Hurricanes bounced back from a 7-4 loss to Nazareth last Thursday to a 7-5 win over Notre Dame Green Pond last Friday at Liberty.

“We strung the hits together today,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “When we were down 3-1, I asked them to show heart, show what they had inside them. If we want to have any kind of shot at doing anything postseason, we have to get something going emotionally, and they came around, and Molly (Devers) had the big home run, and we took off from there. Miya (Williams) pitched well today and fielded the mound well, and we needed that.”

Devers’ homer was a three-run blast to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“I was only focused on trying to hit one of the girls in, and when I first hit it, I thought the centerfielder was going to catch it. I’d never hit a home run before, so I was just like, OK, just gotta focus on getting the hit down, making sure I get one,” Devers said.

Trailing 3-1, Liberty shortstop Arianna Castillo’s hit to center field turned into an inside-the-park-home run when the ball popped out of Jacie Singley’s glove.

“I was a bit bummed out when I saw she was about to catch it and then I saw it tipped off her glove, and I was like, I was freaking out, trying to run as fast as I can while I was taking in the moment,” Castillo said. “I was looking at Coach Sam, and he kept telling me to go. I was very surprised. I was very scared, but I trusted him.”

Maddie Noll then had a line drive base hit, Madi Knepp walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Paige Nienstedt walked on four straight balls, and Addison Sabo’s double put the ‘Canes ahead, 4-3. That’s when Devers did her damage.

Notre Dame first baseman Megan Shields had an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning, but the ‘Canes saved a run when Williams tagged out Hannah Lilly, who got caught in a rundown between third base and home.

This Thursday, Bethlehem rivals, Liberty and Freedom will meet for the second time this season. The Hurricanes won the first contest at home.