[Lee Kestler] went back to the basics with the Lions this year. He strongly emphasized fundamentals, good defense and trying to improve slowly on offense, and all of that helped Liberty jump to 12-7 after going 3-15 last spring. "Every time they came out, they really believed they could win," Kestler said. Liberty jumped out to a 4-1 start that gave the team confidence, and the Lions stuck with the good defense and pitching that kept them in every game. Liberty gave away very little this season and forced teams to earn victories. The Lions should be even better next year.
The junior shortstop showed her versatility in a big way this season, moving from catcher to shortstop to make room for Emily Trainor. [Allie Honkofsky] was one of the team's best hitters. Her walk and aggressive base running sparked the team's two-run seventh-inning rally that gave North Carroll a 5-4 victory over Richard Montgomery in the region final.
Photo(s); 2003 All-Carroll County softball team: Front row (from left): [Kim Holland F.S.], [Sarah Storey], Allie Honkofsky, Emily Trainor, Player of the Year [Jessica Smith], [Stacy Davis Century Sophomore Pitcher], [Megan Gorsuch]. Back row: [Christine Simmers], [Alexa Ashwell], [Amanda LaPorta], [Stephanie Hartman], [Diane Krainak], [Maria Hogg], Coach of the Year Lee Kestler.; Credit: KARL MERTON FERRON : SUN STAFF
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