By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
So far this season, the Bee Jays are 4-0 against teams that start with A.
The Bee Jays topped the Owasso Angels in a three game season-opening series, and Thursday the Bee Jays went on their first road trip of the season to Dodge City and knocked off the Jayhawk League version of the A’s, 5-2.
After splitting a double header with Hays to open the Jayhawk League portion of the season, the Bee Jays had to wait a day in the second weather delay of the year, but so far has kept pace with the schedule.
Liberal trailed early in Dodge after giving up one run in the first inning, but the Bee Jays broke out for three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.
They never trailed the rest of the game.
Dodge City cut the lead to 3-2 with a run in the sixth and had a chance to take the lead in the seventh with the bases loaded, but the Bee Jays didn’t give up a run and protected the one-run lead.
Liberal loaded the bases in the top of the eighth, but they capitalized by scoring two runs to take a 5-2 lead.
Dodge City couldn’t cut the deficit in the final two innings, and the Bee Jays earned the 5-2 win.
The win kept Liberal within a game of El Dorado who is off to a 3-0 start in Jayhawk League games.
Liberal is 2-1 and will host Derby for a three-game set beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Saturday and Sunday games will begin at 7 p.m., and local recreation teams will be recognized Saturday night.
Weather has had an effect on the early portion of the season, but it has mostly slowed down the season for the teams in and around Wichita.
Last night’s game between El Dorado (3-0) and Wellington (1-1) has been postponed due to the condition of the field after the area has been pelted by heavy rainstorms.
That delay has allowed E Dorado to get an extra day’s rest in preparation for a key three-game series in Hays (1-1).
Dodge City (0-1) will be traveling to Wellington (1-1) over the weekend for a three-game set.
The Bee Jays are also hosting area youth baseball clinics today in Guymon, Okla., and at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Brent Gould Field.
Local cellular phone provider EPIC PCS is sponsoring the clinics, and they are offering free hot dogs at their retail stores following the clinics.
Tonight’s Bee Jay game, as well as all home games, will be broadcast on the L&T Network with a link available at leaderandtimes.com