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Liberal’s Gage Teer heads back to the dugout along with pitcher Cole Jenkins on the Fourth of July after recording the final out against Dodge City in the firts inning. Teer hit an in-the-park home run against the Dodge City A’s Wednesday in the second game of a double header, but the Bee Jays allowed six runs in the fourth inning in a 10-3 loss after losing the first game of the twinbill 4-1. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

For the first time all season, the Liberal Bee Jays lost two games in a row, dropping both games of a double header against the Dodge City A’s, 4-1 and 10-3.

Liberal couldn’t find a way to break through against A’s starter Jacobe Call in the first game of the twinbill, only pushing one run across the plate on an RBI by Chad Kennedy in the fourth inning.

Dodge City managed to score two runs in the third against Bee Jay starter Cody Wernli, and they added two more against in a rough one-inning performance by Caleb Ward.

The Bee Jays loaded the bases in the seventh inning and had the go-ahead run at the plate twice, but Zac Cook popped out to third base, and Jaron Robinson hit a deep fly ball that chased the Dodge City center fielder all the way back to the wall before Robinson’s shot fell a couple feet short of a grand slam, and the A’s made the catch to end the game with a 4-1 win.

Liberal took an early lead in the nightcap, scoring in the first inning when Marcus Shoemaker led off with a double, and Cook drove him home with a single to right, and the Bee Jays had a 1-0 lead.

Zach Autin allowed a walk and a single in the first inning, but the Bee Jay middle infield was able to turn a double play, and Trent Maloney fired across the diamond on a grounder to third, and Autin was able to leave a Dodge City A stranded at third to preserve the 1-0 lead.

Autin left another runner stranded in the second before Liberal added to the lead in the top of the third, and he retired the A’s in order in the third.

Kyle Schmidt hit a one-out single in the fourth, and after Garrett Scott struck out gainst Dodge City starter Kurth Johnson, Gage Teer hit a deep shot to right field, and the Dodge City A couldn’t locate the ball. By the time he found it, the ball sailed over his head, and Schmidt had rounded the bases to score. Teer was waved around third, and he headed to the plate where he slid safely home for an in-the-park home run and a 3-0 Liberal lead.

But Autin’s decent start was erased in the fourth. Autin allowed six singles and a double to go along with an error, and Dodge City scored six runs without an out before Dalton Shalberg relieved Autin, and Liberal trailed 6-3.

The A’s added another run in the fifth and three more in the eighth against reliever Thomas Garland, and Liberal never responded in a 10-3 loss.

The Bee Jays remained in first place by half a game, but that will be tested tonight in the series finale in Dodge City.

 

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