By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
The runs kept coming Sunday night for the Bee Jays in a 17-6 run-rule win against the Colorado Renegades in the first game of a two-game set.
So far, the Bee Jays have averaged scoring almost 16 runs per game. In baseball, that is a staggering number, albeit only three games into the season.
The only concern for the Bee Jays Sunday was the five runs they surrendered in the first inning.
But by the bottom of the second, Liberal had taken a 6-5 lead with the help of the long ball.
Blake Bergeron started the action with a towering blast over the left field fence that made contact halfway up a familiar tree. The blast scored three runs for the Bee Jays . Richard Bohlken also scored in the inning to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Joe Vaskas added another home run in the second inning that scored two runs, and he put another dent on the same tree as Bergeron did in the first inning. That gave the Bee Jays a 6-5 lead.
The home runs were effective because of the offensive output by the top of the order. Lead-off hitter Edwin Arroyo hit singles in the first and second and scored on both home run shots. Arroyo put the ball in play in each of his five at-bats and reached four times. He hit into one fielder’s choice and had a sacrifice fly to score a run in the third. No. 2 hitter Frank Gomez found his way on base three out of five times, and the revolving door at the plate continued throughout the night. The Bee Jays scored in five of the six innings they batted.
Liberal will host the Renegades at 7 p.m. tonight. Admission is free.
Jayhawk League off to big start
So far, the Jayhawk League appears to be on pace for another strong season.
In the first weekend of games, the Jayhawk League is 11-1. The lone loss came to newcomers to the league, the Haysville Heat, who lost to defending Jayhawk League champion El Dorado in the only conference game played to this point.
Other than Haysville, every other Jayhawk League team is undefeated (Liberal 3-0, Derby 2-0, El Dorado 1-0, Hays 2-0, Dodge City 3-0).