The accolades continued to pour in for the Liberty High School varsity softball team Friday. 

Two months after they captured the Class 3 state championship, 16 players and three coaches garnered praise from a crowd of a few hundred people who lined the streets of Bedford for a parade. 

Behind the Liberty High marching band, players rode two by two in convertibles on a route that snaked through the town. After spectators cheered them on from the sidewalk, the group ended the evening with a ceremony in front of the Town of Bedford Municipal Building, where state and local officials and other prominent members of the Liberty High athletic community offered their congratulations. 

Following their undefeated run through the playoffs, which ended with a 4-1 victory over Turner Ashby in the title game in June, the Virginia House of Delegates, Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council all levied proclamations and resolutions of commendation. 

Town officials also unveiled a new sign, which sits in front of the municipal building, commemorating each of the state championships won at Liberty High, including the softball team's title — the first Liberty championship since 2002 and fifth overall, and first ever for a girls team. 

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