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May 27 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Friday, May. 27 | By Jeff Malmgren
Morgan Hatcher had one of Liberty's five hits during a 2-1 win Friday over Amherst during the first round of the 4A West Region tournament. --Fauquier Times Staff File Photo/Randy Litzinger
Ally Fitzwater hit a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning Friday and then the Liberty Eagles held on to beat Amherst, 2-1, during the first round of the Class 4A West Region softball tournament at home in Bealeton.

The ninth-seeded Eagles improved their record to 14-5 and advanced to play No. 2 Woodgrove on the road Monday during the quarterfinals, while No. 10 Amherst finished the season with a 13-9 record.

Fitzwater's first-inning single scored Makaela Kestner and Liz Waln. Kestner also earned the victory as Liberty's starting pitcher by allowing one unearned run on only four hits and zero walks while striking out five over seven innings.

Kristi Wyland led Amherst with a triple and run on 2-for-3 hitting, while Kestner had three stolen bases for the Eagles on 1-for-2 hitting. Waln, Morgan Hatcher and Kourtney Leazer (double) also each went 1-for-2, while Fitzwater went 1-for-3.

Lancers starting pitcher Braelyn Cooper took the loss despite allowing only two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings.
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