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SPIDER BITES TWICE — Schmidt hits back-to-back homers, Liberal Bee Jays sweep Great Bend Bat Cats PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 June 2017 09:03


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Liberal's Kyle Schmidt rounds third base and shakes hands with coach Daniel Parker after hitting the first of two home runs Saunday at Brent Gould Field in a 10-4 Liberal win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Schmidt homers twice, Bee Jays win 7th straight

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Richmond Spider Kyle Schmidt brought the Liberal Bee Jay fans to their feet twice Sunday night at Brent Gould Field when he sent to bombs over the left field fence, both times with runners on base, to complete a three-game sweep of the Great Bend Bat Cats with a 10-4 win and keep the Bee Jays in first place in the Jayhawk League.

The win was the seventh in a row for the Bee Jays, and they have needed every one of them to fend off the Derby Twins who are only one game behind the league-leading Bee Jays in the conference standings.

Liberal’s starting pitching has continued to go deep during the seven-game winning streak. Same Beattie pitched six innings Saturday and only allowed one run before being relieved in  7-1 win, and Jake Harrison took the mound Sunday for six innings, and with the exception of a three-RBI double, he kept the Bat Cats guessing, striking out eight to earn the 10-4 win.

Great Bend took a brief 1-0 lead in the fourth inning Saturday, but doubles by Zac Cook, Garrett Scott and Colton Onstott gave the Bee Jays a 2-1 lead after four innings.

James Hardeberger and Cale O’Donnell each hit RBI doubles in the fifth, and a passed ball allowed another Bee jay to score, and Liberal had a 5-1 lead.

Two singles, a walk and an error allowed two more Bee jays to score in the seventh for a 7-1 lead, and Bee Jay relievers Derek Craft (two innings) and Zach Autin (one inning) finished off the Bat Cats without allowing a run for the win.

Liberal completed the sweep Sunday with a 10-4 win thanks to the bat of Schmidt.

Liberal took a 1-0 lead in the first when Great bend’s Tyler Langsen issued lead-off walks to Chad Kennedy and Trent Maloney, and Cale O’Donnell followed with a single that scored Kennedy.

Liberal extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth O’Donnell and Garret Scot led off with doubles, and a sacrifice fly form Onstott allowed O’Donnell to score, and a Jaron Robinson single scored Scott.

An RBI double in the fifth form O’Donnell scored Kennedy, but the 4-0 lead was in jeopardy in the sixth when Harrison struggled on the mound. Three of the first four Bat Cat batters singled to load the bases, and Corrigan Bartlett hit a three-RBI double to the wall to cut Liberal’s lead to 4-3.

Harrison left Bartlett stranded at third by the end of the inning to preserve the Liberal lead.

The first three Bee Jay batters of the restored the four-run advantage when Onstott led off with a walk, Robinson doubled, and after Great Bend relieved Langsen with Al Ruxlow, Schmidt hit his first home run of the game into the middle of three trees over the left field fence for a three-run shot that gave the Bee Jays a 7-3 lead.

Two innings later, Schmidt faced another Bat Cat reliever, Austin Pritchard, and with Onstott at first, Schmidt hit another deep shot, this time into the tree closest to center field, and the Bee jays had a 10-3 lead.

A wild pitch by Zach Zeller in the eighth allowed Great Bend to add a late run, but Lowell Schipper pithed a shutout ninth to preserve the 10-4 win for the Bee Jays.

Liberal has not lost a series all season, and the 10-3 start has pushed the Bee Jays to the top of the standings one game ahead of Derby and Hays, and the Bee Jays have series wins against both of them.

Liberal will take today off before hitting the road for a three-game set with Oklahoma City (3-10) and will then head to El Dorado for a three-game set with the Broncos.

The Bee Jays return home June 27 for eight straight games including the annual Fourth of July game.

 

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