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Bee Jays fall short at NBC with 3-1 loss to Cyclones PDF Print E-mail
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Liberal’s Kyle Schmidt scores a run against the Everett Merchants Saturday. Monday, Schmidt delivered Liberal’s only RBI against the Colorado Cyclones in a 3-1 loss that ended any chance for the Bee Jays to advance to the quarterfinals of the NBC World Series. The Bee Jays will still have one more game to play against the undefeated Kansas Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Back-to-back losses end Liberal’s hope for NBC title run

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Liberal outhit the Colorado Cyclones Monday at the NBC World Series in Wichita, but the couldn’t outscore them, falling 3-1.

The loss ended any chance of Liberal advancing to bracket play and will end the season Wednesday in a final game against the Kansas Stars when Chipper Jones is expected to join the Stars line-up.

Garrett Scott continued to be Liberal’s strongest offensive threat, adding two more hits at the NBC World Series.

Liberal’s ability to score runners continued to be a problem. The Bee Jays stranded 11 runners on base.

Zach Autin pitched six solid innings and only allowed two runs on three hits, and Joe Corbett pitched the final three innings and allowed one run on two hits.

Colorado scored the first run of the game without getting a hit. After a lead-off walk in the second inning to Matt Burkart, a passed ball from Autin to catcher Kyle Schmidt allowed Burkart to advance to second.

A groundout sent Burkart to third, and another groundout brought Burkart home.

Liberal loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second, and a sacrifice fly by Schmidt allowed Colton Onstott to score.

Zac Cook walked, and again the Bee Jays had the bases loaded with only one out. But a Chad Kennedy grounder to third was sent home to force out Cale O’Donnell, and a Marcus Shoemaker fly ball to center ended the threat, but Liberal tied the game, 1-1.

Another miscue in the third allowed the Cyclones to take the lead when Autin hit the lead-off batter, and after a strike-out and a fielder’s choice advanced the runner to second, the Bee Jays had a chance to get out of the inning without giving up a run. But Colorado’s burkart hit the ball to right field,  Liberal’s Shoemaker first ran up for the catch, and then he retreated as the ball sailed over his head. The runner scored, but Burkart was thrown at third after the Cyclones took a 2-1 lead.

Liberal loaded the bases in the third but failed to score, and Liberal had two runners on in the eighth and did not score.

Colorado added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, and despite a Cyclone error that allowed Scott to reach with two outs, Liberal could not score and fell to 0-2 at the NBC World Series with a 3-1 loss.

Liberal will play one more game at the NBC World Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the 2-0 Kansas Stars.

 

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