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LIBERTY’S ASHTON RICHARDS slides safely into second base as Sullivan West second baseman Mike Popolillo leaps into the air during a game this past season.

How Liberty
Baseballers Did

By Rob Potter
LIBERTY – June 21, 2002:

Overall record: 8-11

League record: 3-5 OCIAA Division III

Team leaders: The team’s top hitters were juniors Joe Colacurcio and Ashton Richards.
Colacurcio, who played third base and also pitched for the Indians, recorded a team-best batting average of .532. He also led the team in RBIs this spring.
Richards, who split time between shortstop and the pitcher’s mound, hit .328 on the season. He led the team in stolen bases.
“He played errorless baseball at shortstop,” praised Coach Jim O’Connor.

Season highlight: “We lost a close ball game to Sullivan West at the (Jeffersonville) Lions’ Field,” O’ Connor said. “They beat us 5-4 in eight innings. But it was a really close game against a real quality team.”
O’Connor pointed out another game where his team lost, but still played hard.
“We lost a game 8-7 to Tuxedo down in Tuxedo,” he said. “But the team played really well.”

Season lowlight: “It wasn’t a disappointing season,” O’Connor said. “But I thought this team had the potential to do better than it did.”

Team Awards: The team awards were presented at last week’s Liberty Central School Block L Athletic Banquet. The Most Improved Award was presented to Zack Nackley, while the Best Offense Award went to Colacurcio. In addition, Richards received the Coach’s Award.

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