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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:04


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Liberal Bee Jay General Manager Mike Carlile presents Jaron Robinson with the MVP Award last week. Robinson and the Bee Jays added two games to the schedule this week against the Wellington Heat, and Liberal lost the first game 8-3. The two teams play again tonight in the final tune-up for the NBC World Series Championship Week. L&T photo/Rustin Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

In a way, the Liberal Bee Jays lost to the heat twice Monday.

The first came when the bus broke down on the way to Wellington, leaving the players stranded on the highway in 97-degree weather.

The bus was repaired, and the players finally made their way to Wellington where they lost to the Heat, 8-3 in one of two final tune-ups before the NBC World Series Championship Week begins Saturday.

The Bee Jay players used their Twitter account, Bee Jay Bucket Talk, to tweet out, “Thanks to the good folks from PFS Trucking for stopping to provide support and bringing us some cold water to drink.”

Liberal started off with a 2-0 lead after a sacrifice fly form Jaron Robinson scored Marcus Shoemaker, and a single form Cale O’Donnell scored Kyle Schmidt.

Starter Sam Beattie ran into trouble in the third when an RBI single followed by a home run that scored two allowed the Heat to take a 3-2 lead.

Liberal manager Daniel Parker gave seven pitchers a chance on the mound in the seven-inning game, and the tandem only allowed seven hits. But two of them were home runs, and an additional five walks and two fielding errors allowed the Heat to score eight runs.

Liberal added a run in the fourth when Shoemaker hit a double that allowed Nate Crossman to score, but the Heat added two more in the third and three more in the fifth aided by walks and errors, and Liberal lost 8-3.

The two teams will play one more tune-up tonight in Wellington and will then take a three-day break before opening the NBC World Series Championship Week Saturday.

Liberal will play the Everett Merchants in a pool that includes the Colorado Cyclones and the Kansas Stars.

The Wellington heat will open at 7 p.m. Sunday against the USA National Team.

 

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