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Bee Jays trounce A’s 11-6 to stay in 1st PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 July 2017 07:31


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Liberal’s Jaron Robinson coasts into second base Saturday agains El Dorado. Robinson hit a home run Thursday in Dodge City to help the Bee Jays keep sole possession of first place with an 11-6 win over the A’s to split the season series 3-3. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

After dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season Wednesday, the Bee Jays returned to their winning ways Thursday that kept Liberal in sole possession of first place in the Jayhawk League after knocking off the second-place Dodge City A’s 11-6.

Both starters struggled, starting with Dodge City’s Riley Ornido who gave up three runs in the first inning and a another run in the second.

But Josh Sieglitz also struggled to keep the A’s off the scoreboard, and he gave up a run in the first and three in the second, and the game was tied 4-4.

Jaron Robinson hit a home run in the fourth to give the Bee Jays a 5-4 lead, 

Sieglitz was able to keep Dodge City scoreless in the fourth, but he struggled in the fifth, and after two walks and a single, Sieglitz had the bases loaded with no outs.

Liberal manager Daniel Parker relieved Sieglitz with sidewinder Tyler Tognarine, and he  forced a double play that included an out at the plate, and after a walk to reload the bases, he forced a ground ball for the final out, preventing any runs from scoring.

Liberal chased Ornido off the mound in the sixth and scored four runs in the inning with RBI singles from Robinson and Trent Maloney and a two-RBI double from Colton Onstott, and the Bee Jays led 9-4.

Marcus Shoemaker added an RBI triple in the seventh, and after a sacrifice fly by Cook allowed Shoemaker to score, and the Bee Jays had an 11-4 lead.

Tognarine tossed another shutout inning in the seventh, and Zach Zeller pitched the eighth inning and walked two and allowed a single but did not allow a run.

Maloney moved from third base to the pitcher’s mound in the ninth to help provide relief to the strained bullpen, and he gave up two runs on a single, walk and a double, but that was it, and Liberal earned the 11-6 win.

The Bee Jays (22-8) head to Great Bend (14-16) to open a three-game series tonight.

 

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