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Rough NBC comes to an end for Bee Jays with 8-0 loss to Stars PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:01


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Liberal Bee Jays gather with coach Daniel Parker during a pitching change at the NBC World Series. Liberal finished 0-3 after an 8-0 loss to the Kansas Stars Wednesday. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

After one of the most successful regular seasons in 20 years, the Liberal Bee Jays couldn’t carry that momentum to the NBC World Series.

After back-to-back losses in competitive games to start the tournament, Liberal ended the season with an 8-0 loss to the former Major League players of the Kansas Stars Wednesday at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

With the City of Wichita planning a new stadium, it could be the last game the Bee Jays ever play in the historic ballpark that has hosted the NBC World Series since 1935.

Liberal has been one of the most successful team to play in the venerable park, reaching the championship game 12 times. Only the Fairbanks Goldpanners have played in as many.

Liberal is also third in national titles with five. The Goldpanners and Sants Barbara Foresters are only one game ahead of the Bee Jays with six.

While history may be on the side of the Bee Jays, that was no help at this year’s tournament.

Tyler Tognarine started for the Bee Jays against the Stars Wednesday, and he allowed three runs in the first inning after allowing two walks and a single to load the bases, and a wild pitch, and error and a sacrifice fly allowed three runs to score with only one hit.

Liberal miscues continued.

By the end of the game, Liberal had only allowed four hits, and they also had four hits of their own, but four errors and 10 walks allowed the Stars to score eight runs in eight innings, and the Bee Jays never mounted an offensive threat against seven different former Major League pitchers.

The Bee Jays also missed a couple of routine plays, but the errors were nothing new and was something that the team struggled with throughout the summer.

They were able to overcome mistakes in the field with lively bats in the Jayhawk League, but not against the Kansas Stars, Colorado Cyclones or Everett Merchants.

Liberal scored only five runs in three games, something that was never a problem for the Bee Jays in the regular season.

Marcus Shoemaker, Garrett Scott, Cale O’Donnell and Josh Crosby all managed to get hits against the Stars.

Crosby advanced to second in the eighth, but that was the bulk of the Bee Jay offense.

But the Stars never wasted a chance, taking advantage of 10 walks and four Bee Jay errors to score three in the first, two in the sixth and three more in the eighth for the 8-0 lead.

The run rule was enacted after the eighth, and Liberal’s season came to an end.

Liberal finished the season with a 31-16-1 record which included a 30-12 league record.

But the one-run loss to the Merchants despite having the bases loaded with one out in the ninth and leaving 11 runners stranded against the Colorado Cyclones in a 3-1 loss were the games that really ended Liberal’s chances of advance at the NBC World Series.

 

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