April 4, 2013
If the Liberty High School scoreboard was functioning during the softball team’s matchup against Sammamish, it would have shown a 3-1 victory for the Patriots.
The March 28 win against the Totems didn’t feel like much of an achievement for the Liberty coaches and players, though.
“We won, but we really didn’t win,” first-year Liberty coach Zach Bartholomew said. “Mentally, it was a disaster and to play in this league, you’ve got to be better than that.”
May 31, 2012
Two unearned runs in an error-riddled bottom of the first inning proved to be an insurmountable lead as the Liberty High School Patriots’ fastpitch team lost to Everett in the first round of the 3A state tournament May 25.
Everett starting pitcher Lexi Levin took control after that, surrendering only one run in the top of the fourth on a steal of home.
Although the quick exit from the state tournament was not what Liberty had in mind, head coach Brian Hartman said he knows that the return of Liberty to the state tournament is a return to normalcy.
“It’s a big deal,” Hartman said. “The program’s kind of back where it belongs. I think we’re about ready to start another streak here. We had a 12-year run here. It’s fun seeing everyone here. It means you’re back playing with the elite. You’re one of the top programs in the state and that’s where we expect to be.”
Hartman said he thinks the several-year layoff and relative post-season inexperience was evident in his young team.
“I saw a team that hadn’t been to the state tournament in a few years,” he said. “They looked a little bit nervous to start the game, we made a few errors, definitely wasn’t our best game of the year. But we had a chance to beat a team that was 21-1. Like I told a few other people, I’m the happiest coach in the world to be here. There are a few other teams sitting at home right now that aren’t here. I’m proud of them. I’m disappointed that we lost, but Everett’s a great team.”
Hartman said he knew his team had some opportunities, but just weren’t able to string enough hits together off Levin.
June 5, 2008
At the 3A state softball tournament, Liberty High School showed up. That was enough for head coach Brian Hartman. Read more