Liberty's offense catches fire in first inning to beat Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Liberty is one step closer to making its first state tournament appearance after shutting out Xavier in the Class 4A - Region 5 semi-finals, 11-0.

Eight of those runs came in the top of the first inning with two outs. The Lightning added one more in the third, and then two in the fifth.

Liberty will face Independence in the regional final at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.