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Bolts compete in Linn-Mar/Alburnett tourney

Liberty softball splits with CPU and defeats Mid-Prairie
Liberty High’s Carlie Schroeder slides into second base, and kicks the ball away from Mount Vernon’s Kristen Elliott in the process Saturday, June 23, in Alburnett during the Lightning’s third game of the Linn-Mar/Alburnett Tournament. Schroeder was called safe, but ultimately the Mustangs dodged the Lightning Bolts for a 3-0 win. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

ALBURNETT– Liberty High’s varsity softball team competed in Linn-Mar and Alburnett’s tournament, which was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.
However, the first day of the tourney was cancelled due to field conditions, leading Liberty on Friday to take on Northeast Goose Lake and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) instead at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
The Lightning fell 3-1 to the Rebels of Northeast Goose Lake. The Rebels scored first in the top of the first inning with one run, but the Bolts tied with a run in the bottom of the second. Rebel runs in the sixth and seventh, however, handed Liberty the loss. Liberty produced five hits in the contest to Northeast’s seven.
Center Point-Urbana (CPU) was the opponent for a doubleheader, with the Bolts taking game one 4-3 and the Stormin’ Pointers winning 11-3 in the second.
The Bolts’ runs in the win all came in the bottom of the first inning while the Pointers’ runs were scored in the top of the third. Liberty put up six hits to CPU’s three in the contest.
The Pointers got their revenge in game two with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, three in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth. Liberty tied the game in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs and attempted to narrow the gap with one in the third before the hounds from CPU ran away with the win. Again Liberty put up six hits, but were out-hit as the Pointers knocked 11.
The abbreviated tournament kicked off Saturday morning with Liberty taking on the Mount Vernon Mustangs in Alburnett. The Mustangs won 3-0 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as a runner scored on a passed ball and a sacrifice bunt drove in another. Mount Vernon’s third run came in the fifth.
Liberty’s best shot at narrowing the gap came in the top of the sixth as Ashlyn Geasland singled and Raquel Trolliet doubled. Unfortunately, both ladies were left stranded as Kara Maiers and Miranda Jones both hit into outs.
The Lightning ended the weekend on a positive note with a 5-3 win over Mid-Prairie, Wellman.
The regular season wraps up at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex with the Mid-Prairie Hawks and the Bolts set to meet again on Thursday, June 28, in a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader at Mount Mercy University. Friday, June 29 is a make-up date in case of a Tuesday, June 26, rainout against Fort Madison while Newton visits for a 10 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday, June 30, and Monticello visits on Monday, July 2, for a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader. The final game of the regular season is set for Tuesday, July 3, against Pleasant Valley with a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.
The postseason and a potential first trip to the state tourney in Fort Dodge begins on Thursday, July 5, with the Bolts heading to Central Clinton, DeWitt for a Class 4A Region 6 quarterfinal game. The winner will face Cedar Rapids Xavier on Saturday, July 7, at Xavier. The Region 6 final is set for Tuesday, July 10, at the highest remaining team’s site. Fort Madison, Keokuk and North Scott make up the top half of the bracket.