By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Albuquerque Diablo Zach Cogan hit the first home run at Brent Gould Field this summer to give the Diablos a 2-0 lead, but the Bee Jay offense continued its hot start to the season, and Liberal completed a four-game sweep with an 11-3 win Monday.
Cogan hit his two-run shot over the left field fence in the first inning.
The Bee Jays tied the game in the bottom of the first when Patrick Kulick hit an RBI single to score Alec Isaac, and Zach Hoffman hit a grounder that allowed Bryson Allen to score.
The Bee Jays took a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Seth Stevens walked with two outs, and Mike Rampone followed with a double that moved Stevens to third.
Kyle Lieser then hit a shot to third, but Grant Templin failed to field it, and Stevens scored on the error.
The Diablos tied the game in the top of the fourth with an RBI single from Curtis Hines that scored Templin.
The Bee Jays again responded with runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Patrick Kulick hit a sacrifice fly that scored Cody Erickson, and Templin committed his second error at third when Hoffman hit a hopper that bounced under Templin’s glove and allowed Isaac to score.
Diablos starter Daniel Brennan may have been fortunate to only be trailing 5-3. Brennan walked six and had to overcome two errors. Brennan only gave up four hits while on the mound.
Nathan Smythe relieved Dugger in the fifth inning and pitched two shutout innings, only allowing one hit.
The Diablos pulled Brennan in the sixth and put Kyle Goldfard on the mound for his second appearance in the four-game series.
The Bee Jays loaded the bases in the sixth without a hit including another Diablo error, but the Bee Jays couldn’t get a two-out hit, and Goldfard escaped the jam without giving up a run.
But in the seventh, the Bee Jays chased Goldfard off the mound and roughed up Tyler Straub.
Another error at third allowed Zach Thompson to reach, and Kyle Liers reached with single.
That’s when the elusive two-out hits poured in for the Bee Jays.
With two outs and runners at second and third, Isaac hit a single that scored Thompson and Lieser. Bryson Allen followed with a single that scored Isaac, and Kulick pounded out a double that scored Allen.
Leading 9-3, it appeared that the Diablos would get out of the inning with a short pop to right center, but second baseman Zach Corona and right fielder Shawn Guerrero collided face to face on the attempted catch. The ball fell to the turf, and Kulick scored to give the Bee Jays a 10-3 lead. Corona and Gurerrero were down for several minutes, but both remained in the game.
The Bee Jays added another run in the eighth, and Ryan Scott pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings to secure the 11-3 win.
The Diablos outhit the Bee Jays 10-9, but five Diablo errors and 11 walks contributed to the Bee Jay win.
Liberal will take two days off before returning to Brent Gould Field at 7 p.m. Thursday to open Jayhawk League play against Dodge City.