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Liberal’s Jaron Robinson makes a play at shortstop against El Dorado July 2 at Brent Gould Field. The defense continued to shine for the Bee Jays Friday, but they couldn’t get timely hits in a 7-2 loss to Great Bend, tightening the race for the Jayhawk League. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Liberal outhits Great Bend 8-6

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Liberal outhit Great Bend and committed fewer errors Friday night, but the Bat Cats pushed runs across the plate, and the Bee Jays struggled to score in a 7-2 loss that caused a logjam in the Jayhawk League standings with Liberal’s lead dropping to one game and three teams breathing down Liberal’s neck in the final two weeks of the season.

Kim Gyeongju kept the potent Bee Jay offense silent for the first two innings despite back-to-back lead-off singles in the second for Colton Onstott and Kyle Schmidt, and a double play in the third helped the Bat Cats.

Darin Cook started with two shutout innings on the mound, but in the third, a Great Bend single, sacrifice bunt, and a double allowed the first run of the game to score, and a Bat Cat later stole home to give the Bat Cats a 2-0 lead on two hits.

Liberal again had back-to-back lead-off singles in the fourth from Jaron Robinson and Onstott, but a pop out and another double play killed the threat.

Cook walked a Bat Cat in the fifth with one out, and Jordan Wilkerson followed with a home run for a 4-0 Great Bend lead on only three hits.

Great Bend added another run after  a single and a batter was beaned. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance, and a fielder’s choice brought the run home, and Great Bend led 5-0 on four hits.

Again, the first two Bee jays reached with a walk and an error in the fifth, but three straight outs left them stranded.

Liberal finally scored in the sixth thanks to a Bat Cat miscue. Robinson led off with a strikeout, but the Bat Cat catcher dropped the ball, and Robinson reached first. Trent Maloney later singled, and Robinson was able to score to cut the lead to 5-1.

But reliever Robie Young gave the Bat Cats two runs in the sixth on only one hit thanks to two walks and a sacrifice fly, and Great Bend led 7-1.

Liberal needed three hits in the eighth to score another run with a lead-off single by Zac Cook, and after two outs, Schmidt doubled and Maloney drove in Cook with a single before James Hardeberger struck out to strand two more runners, and Liberal trailed 7-2.

Neither team scored the rest of the way, and despite outhitting the Bat Cats 8-6 and committing no errors while Great bend committed two, Liberal lost 7-2.

Hays had a chance to tie the Bee Jays for the league lead, but they, too, lost 5-2 to Haysville.

Dodge City moved to a game back with a 9-5 win over El Dorado, and Derby did not play Friday and made up a half game to also move to within one game of the league-leading Bee Jays.

Liberal and Great Bend faced off again late Saturday night and will complete the series at 7 p.m. tonight in Great Bend.

 

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