By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
After three consecutive years of gaining more wins than the season before, Liberal coach Pat Knott had his first season that will not have more wins.
At the end of the regular season, Liberal didn’t get a win at all after their last chance against Dodge City ended with 16-2 and 19-0 losses.
Sophomore Brittany Granger pitched for the Lady Redskins, but the lack of experience proved fatal for Liberal against the seasoned Lady Red Demons.
The Lady Redskins struggled to prevent Dodge City runners from advancing. Singles quickly turned in to runners in scoring position after unchallenged steals and passed balls.
With Dodge City having runners at second third, the pressure was on the defense to make the routine plays and get outs, but the Lady Redskins struggled to end innings. Many of Dodge City’s runs came with two outs.
The Lady Redskins struggled even when they had base runners. Liberal was doubled off first after a pop fly to third base was thrown to first when the runner watched the catch without tagging and headed to second.
The Lady Redskins (0-18) will await the regional assignments and will travel to the projected No 1 seed.
The post season will be the last chance for a win for seniors Katie Jennings, Alysha Espinoza and Callie Milsap.