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Monday, 31 July 2017 10:17


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Liberal’s Garrett Scott stands at third base while Jaron Robinson occupies second in the ninth inning of the Bee Jays’ NBC World Series opener Saturday. Both men were left stranded, and Liberal fell 5-4 to the Everett Merchants. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

WICHITA — Garrett Scott did all he could to help the Liberal Bee Jays get a win Saturday in the NBC World Series. Scott runed in a perfect day at the plate with a four-for-four performance, and he scored a run, and he advanced all the way to third base in the ninth inning representing the tying run.

But the Bee Jays couldn’t get Scott home, and Liberal dropped the opener of pool play to the Everett, Wash., Merchants, 5-4.

Trailing by two in the ninth, the Bee Jays put together a rally when Marcus Shoemaker fouled off six pitches before earning a one-out walk, and Scott followed by fouling off five more before he was walked.

Jaron Robinson’s only hit of the game came in the ninth when he doubled to score Shoemaker to ut the lead to 5-4.

Onstott was the third Bee jay to walk in the inning to lead the bases, and that brought Cale O’Donnell to the plate with only one out. But O’Donnell took two strikes, and after a ball, he swung at the third strike and missed for his third strikeout of the game.

Trent Maloney had a chance to tie the game or give the Bee Jays the lead, but he hit a routine pop fly to center field, and the rally fell short.

Liberal had missed opportunities throughout the game, leaving 11 runners stranded, and Sam Beattie had a rough start, giving up a run in the first inning and three more in the third.

But the three runs in the third were aided by Bee Jay fielding miscues.

Zac Cook started the inning with an error at second, and O’Donnell fielded a sharp ball hit to him at first, but Beattie never made it to cover the base. The Merchants laid down a bunt toward third, and Maloney fielded the ball, but Cook did not cover first since O’Donnell was also playing the bunt, and the Merchants loaded the bases with no outs.

A single to center field allowed two runs to score, and after a double play, another single to right allowed the third run of the inning to score, and the Merchants had a 4-2 lead.

Kyle Schmidt tripled in the sixth when the ball bounced over the head of the Merchant left fielder, and Cook hit a sacrifice fly to score the run and cut the lead to 4-3.

Chance Carner relieved Beattie after the sixth, but he allowed a double and a single in the eighth that pushed another Merchant across the plate, and Liberal trailed 5-3.

Liberal scored one in the ninth and left the bases loaded in the 5-4 loss.

Scott had the strongest offensive day for the Bee Jays with his four-for-four performance at the plate, and Colton Onstott was two-for-four with an RBI.

O’Donnell struggled, going hitless in five attempts including three strikeouts.

Robinson and Scott each had doubles.

The loss puts Liberal’s back against the wall with two games to play in the pool.

Liberal will play the Colorado Cyclones at 2:30 p.m. today, and the loser will virtually be eliminated.

The Cyclones kept the Kansas Stars, a team made up of former Major League players, scoreless for the first eight innings before giving up three runs in the ninth and taking a 3-1 loss.

Liberal will play the Kansas Stars Wednesday in a game that could determine if the Bee Jays advance to bracket play.

In other games (courtesy NBC)

San Diego Force 3, 

Colorado Sox 0

If the saying that pitching and defense wins championships is true, both San Diego and Colorado displayed plenty of both in a 17 inning marathon to kick off Championship Week. San Diego had plenty of opportunities to back Dalton Shelberg who threw ten scoreless innings. Tanner Pinkston and Tyler Plantier each had three hits but it was the run produced by Trevor Abrams that broke the stalemate. San Diego will play Santa Barbara on Monday. The 17 innings matches the marathon played last season by the Kansas Stars and Hays Larks for amount of zeros before a score.

Kansas Stars 3, 

Colorado Cyclones 2

The Stars appeared enamored with Cyclones starter Brent Jones as the righty threw six scoreless innings against a collection of Major League Veterans. Jones only allowed three hits and utilized his defense expertly. But the Stars struck for all their runs in the ninth inning when Brandon Inge doubled in a run to tie the game before Dan Uggla and Mat Diaz added RBIs. The Stars pitching staff showed its power as Roy Oswalt, Jason Marquis, Brett Tomko, Joe Nathan, and Heath Bell combined to hold the Cyclones to just one run.

Santa Barbara Foresters 6, 

Derby Twins 4

Hank LaFort was solid in the field but made his presence felt offensively with a 3-3 night while scoring two runs.Steven Coe contributed two hits as well as the Foresters backed Evan Lee. Lee went 5.2 and picked up the win in a game that started at 11:40pm.

Hays Larks 6, 

San Antonio Angels 0

The Larks jumped out on familiar turf and never looked back. The 2016 runners up came out aggressively and banked two runs thanks to Keone Givens triple. Clayton Rasbeary scored twice with a pair of hits including a solo homer. Alex Lopez was the stabilizer for the Larks going eight strong innings while scattering seven hits and walking just one.

San Diego Waves 7, 

Mulvane Patriots 5

Although Mulvane created intrigue with a four run sixth inning, the San Diego Waves had already staked themselves to a four run lead in the first. Eric Del Prado was the run producer with three RBI singles to create the difference. Meanwhile, teammate Jordan Mopas tied an 83 year old record by getting hit by a pitch three times.

Cheney Diamond Dawgs 9, Seattle Studs 8

The Diamond Dawgs have a couple of heartbreaking losses to the Seattle Studs over the lengthy histories of both teams. But the Diamond Dawgs were the heart breakers on Sunday. Trailing 8-2 before the sixth, Cheney struck for four runs in the inning to cut the deficit to two. Cheney struck for one in the eighth and then two in the ninth before holding on for the victory behind Connor Queen’s 4.1 scoreless innings of relief. Grant Devore led the offense with four hits including a game-opening double in which he scored on a bizarre play that saw the relay man bounce a ball of his nearest teammate’s head.

Wellington Heat 7, USA 3

The Heat caught the attention of all World Series participants with an offensive onslaught. Mike Lowe was in the middle of the action for the Heat as they lead for a majority of the game.

 

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