By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
John Martin huddled his Bee Jays together after Wednesday night’s game, and from the body language, it was not a pleasant conversation.
The Bee Jays had just lost theirfourth game in the last five, and despite a strong pitching performance, Liberal lost 3-1.
The Bee Jays had their chances but became their own worst enemy on the bases.
Four times, the Bee Jays were thrown out on the bases, twice trying to steal and the o ther two were picked off at first base.
It wasn’t the first game where the Bee Jays ran themselves into trouble.
The Bee Jays had three outs recorded on the bases in a loss against Hays.
But giving up four outs in a 3-1 game may have been more critical than the 15-8 loss to Hays.
Mike McBride gave the Bee Jays a chance in the first four innings by holding El Dorado scoreless.
The Bee Jays had a chance in the bottom of the fourth when Kyle Borden led off with a walk and Blake Bergeron singled.
But Richard Bohlken failed to bunt the runners over and struck out. Sam Konnoff followed with another strikeout. Mike McCarthy came to the plate, and with a 2-2 count, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 215-pound Borden attempted to steal third and was thrown out to end the inning.
McCarthy came back up in the top of the fifth and hit a double. That same hit could have potentially scored two runs had Borden not been thrown out at third to end the fourth.
After McCarthy’s double, Mark Gomez sacrifice bunted him to third, and an infield single by Edwin Arroyo tied the game, 1-1.
But Arroyo was caught leaning toward second and was picked off at first.
The Broncos added a run in the sixth and seventh as Liberal Bee Jay manager John Martin rotated a different pitcher each inning.
Borden was thrown out for a second time on the bases in the sixth when he attempted to steal second with a 3-0 count on Bergeron.
Gomez was picked off first base in the seventh even though McCarthy was on second.
Liberal will try to win the series against El Dorado at 7 p.m. tonight at Brent Gould Field. Admission is free, courtesy Myriad Machine