LIBERTY — Liberty softball took an early lead against crosstown rival Liberty North and never looked back in an 8-2 win on Friday, Oct. 9 at Liberty High School.
Blue Jays sophomore Olivia Brandstetter singled on a line drive to right field that sent senior Amayiah Hall home for a run in the bottom of the first.
Liberty stretched the lead to 4-0 in the third. Junior Marra Cramer picked up an RBI on a ground ball that made its way to centerfield and junior Sydney Malott sent Cramer and Hall home on a grounder to left field.
Liberty North got on the board in the top of the fourth. The Blue Jays earned a double play on a ground out from Morgan Van Natta, but not before Dylan Fansher made it home.
Liberty squashed any Eagles momentum when senior Ashton Maloney hit a homer in the next half of the inning to send in senior Annabeth Henson and freshman Sierra Persinger for a 7-1 lead.
Maloney, who already set the team’s single-season record for home runs last week, would homer again in the sixth.
Eagles senior Avery Gifford hit a single in the seventh to send Hayes in for a run before the Blue Jays finished off the season sweep. Liberty also beat Liberty North 13-3 on Sept. 28.
Liberty (19-11) beat North Kansas City 17-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 13 to advance to the district semifinals Wednesday hosted by Staley. Liberty North (13-13) advanced as well Monday by beating St. Joe Central 8-3, setting up a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday game against Park Hill. The winners will face each other 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Staley High School.