By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
When Richard Bohlken struck out at the end of the seventh inning in a 5-5 tie game Saturday against the Colorado Bombers for what appeared to be the third out, he was a bit surprised when teammates and fans started yelling, “Run!”
The Colorado Bomber catcher dropped the third strike, and the ball dribbled forward in front of home plate. The catcher looked all around and couldn’t find it. Bohlken got the message and headed toward first while the Bomber pitcher ran up and threw the ball to first. The ball missed its mark and headed to the back corner of right field. Bohlken turned on the jets and ended up at third base with two outs.Two walks later the bases were loaded when Joe Perez was hit by a pitch and Bohlken scored. Blake Bergeron cranked a two-RBI double to the outfield, and the Bee Jays had an 8-5 lead.
Colorado managed to push one more run across the plate in the eighth, but the throwing error turned out to be the difference in the 8-6 Bee Jay win.
“I saw the ball hit the dirt,” Bohlken said. “When I saw it get away at first I was happy that I was able to get on base, and then I scored.”
Liberal took an early 2-0 lead with three hits in the first inning including an RBI double from Vaskas.
Colorado tied the game in the third, and the Bee Jays regained the lead in the bottom of the third when Bohlken hit an RBI double, and a throwing error allowed Kelby Tomlinson to score.
Joe Perez added another run with an RBI single that scored Bohlken.
Colorado tied the game in the sixth, and the Bomber miscue in the seventh led to the final three runs for Liberal. It was an ending that may be indicative of the 2010 team.
“This is a good group,” Bohlken said. “We enjoy each other. In baseball you have to have fun. It’s easy to be on a team like this.”