The regional softball playoffs are slated to begin Thursday, and two county teams have first-round byes.

Liberty received one in Class 2A West Section 2. The Lions will get the winner of No. 5 Century and No. 4 Francis Scott Key in the next round.


The other bye went to Westminster in 3A West Section 1. The Owls will face either Oakdale or Urbana next Monday.

In other 2A West Section 2 action, second-seeded South Carroll hosts Oakland Mills while No. 6 Winters Mill visits No. 3 Marriotts Ridge. The winners meet in the sectional semifinals.

In 1A West Section 2, county champion Manchester Valley hosts Brunswick with the winner visiting No. 2 seed Brunswick next Monday.

No. 5 North Carroll is at No. 4 Smithsburg on Thursday, and the winner gets top-seeded Clear Spring in the next round.


Liberty 15, Winters Mill 7

Recap: At Westminster, Lexi Jones went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and added a double and a homer to propel the Lions (15-3, 13-1 county). Paula Ambrose and Megan Alisauckas each had doubles for the Falcons (2-14, 1-13).

Liberty 004 404 3 — 15 12 3

Winters Mill 110 020 3 — 7 10 5

L-Jen Sothoran, Taylor Fowlkes (2) and Meghan Jacobs, Brooke Fowlkes (2); WM-Allison Lewis, Zoe Beniker (3), Abbie Carr (6), Lewis (7) and Megan Alisauckas. 2B: L-Kasey Bost 2, Lexi Jones, Taylor Fowlkes; WM-Paula Ambrose, Alisauckas. HR: L-Lexi Jones. WP: Fowlkes. LP: Lewis.


Westminster 5, Winters Mil 4

Recap: At Westminster, Brandon Martin went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs for the Owls (15-3). Bradley Moore notched a double and Nathan Raver homered. Kolten Koon added a homer for the Falcons (7-11).

Westminster 200 011 1 —5 8 3


Winters Mill 030 010 0 — 4 6 0

W-Justin Buberl, Justin Cotter (3), Nathan Raver (6), Chris Lang (7) and Bradley Moore; WM-Steven Cook, Britton Lawrence (3), Brandon Naill (5) and Deion Blackburn. 2B: W-Moore. HR: W-Nathan Raver; WM-Kolten Koon. WP: Raver. LP: Naill.

Francis Scott Key 9, S. Hagerstown 2

Recap: At Taneytown Memorial Park, Cam Cregger had three hits and Corbin Haines tossed four innings for the win. FSK is 14-5. Complete box score information was unavailable.