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Burnet softball loses game one to Liberty, must win Friday to extend season

CAPTION: After hitting a single to get on first base in the bottom of the seventh inning, Burnet’s Elyse De Arcos steals second on a steal and later scores on a 2 RBI double by Journey Denton. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke

The Burnet High School softball team lost to Liberty 6-4 May 18 in game one of the Class 4A Region III semifinals best-of-three series.

Game two is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Mumford High School. Fans can watch the game live for free by clicking here.

Down 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Dawgs set their minds on a comeback.

After one out, Elyse De Arcos singled, Lexie Leatherwood was hit by a pitch, and Presely Crawford drew a walk.

With two outs, lead-off batter Journey Denton hit a 2 RBI double to deep center field. A throwing error allowed McKenzie Davis to reach base and sent Crawford and Denton home. Maddi Moise drew a walk.

The game ended on a strikeout.

The Panthers, who are the two-time defending Class 4A state champions, scored four runs in the first inning behind a two-run homer by Kylee Bishop.

Liberty added another run, which was unearned, in the second inning. At least four runs were scored after two outs.

Alexandria Wiley led off the seventh inning with a solo home run.

In all, Liberty had 10 hits.

Sophomore pitcher Brookelyn Taylor started in the circle and threw for six innings before the reliever took over. But with the bases loaded, Taylor went back to the circle to close out the contest. Taylor struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings.

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