By Ted Waddell
JEFFERSONVILLE June 1, 2007 The Liberty Indians won when it counted the most.
In regular-season play, the Indians lost to the Bulldogs of Sullivan West three times.
But when the teams faced each other in a Section IX quarterfinal game on Tuesday afternoon at Lion’s Field in Jeffersonville, a fired-up Liberty team defeated SW by the final score of 8-1.
With the victory, fifth-seeded Liberty (14-7) advanced to the semifinals. The Indians were slated play at top-seeded Pine Plains at 4 p.m. yesterday.
SW ended its season with an 11-6 record.
The Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
Liberty added three runs in the fourth.
A Bulldogs’ error and a sacrifice bunt set up a RBI single by Evan Kirsch.
Scott Hamlin ripped an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Tompkins closed out the top of the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs scored their only run of the game.
Chris Story reached on an error and later crossed home plate on a double by Chris Freebes.
In the top of the fifth, Liberty scored what would be the final run of the game.
Justen Mills led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Mike Dunnigan.
“They came ready to play.” SW Coach Kurt Scheibe Jr. said. “They kept us off balance, and when we hit the ball hard they made the plays.”
“It was a great win for the kids and the school,” Liberty Coach John Wilhelm said.