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Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

When Liberty scored four runs in its first inning against Bethlehem Catholic last Wednesday, the Hawks doubled it in the bottom of the first and took an 8-4 lead, which included a Julia Sledz home run, before winning, 9-7, at Becahi.

“I only hit one over in my life before. I was looking for the exact pitch I got, so when I first hit it, I had to turn and ask my coach if I hit it over because I didn’t think I did,” Sledz said. “I know we’re having a good hitting year and so are they, and we respect that they can hit the ball, and it was a very high scoring game but we can also hit, and that’s what we did today.”

Mikayla Ruppert hit a double for the Hurricanes in the second inning and scored on Alexa Burger’s base hit.

The Hawks added another run in the third when Tatum Kresley had a base hit and scored on Sledz’s double.

“She’s very tall, so I was aiming for over the shortstop’s head,” said Kresley. “You have to look around and find what part of the field you want to hit it.”

In the fourth inning, Ruppert had a ground-rule double, Burger singled, and Paige Zigmund hit a ground-rule double to make the score 9-6.

The Hurricanes made a final attempt in the seventh inning when Kira Kuhns’s double scored Zigmund but were held to only one more run.

“When my team came back, that really changed up the game for me,” said Kresley, the winning pitcher. “Yes, yes, more calm, my team was more calm on defense and hitting-wise, even though it kind of slowed down in the middle of the game. You just push through it, especially with one out and people on first and second.”