By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
A frustrating season for Tyson Deaton came to an end Monday when the hard-throwing right hander earned his first win of the season in come-from-behind fashion over the Colby Eagles to being a double-header sweep.
Deaton threw a two-hitter in Guymon earlier this season only to lose the game.
And after two first-inning errors resulted in a 2-0 lead for Colby Monday, it appeared that Deaton might be headed for another disappointing loss.
Bur Deaton made up for the shoddy defense by striking out five Colby batters in a row over the next two innings and getting two infield ground balls.
The Redskins broke through in the fourth inning when Brandyn Terrazes hit an RBI double.
Liberal scored again in the bottom of the fifth when Freddie Gomez hit an RBI single that scored Bryan Morris to tie the game.
Liberal loaded the bases, and Terrazes hit another RBI single to give the Redskins a 3-2 lead. Two sacrifice grounders scored two more runs, and Deaton as able to preserve the 5-2 win for his first victory of the season.
Liberal would use a revolving door on the pitching mound in Game 2, and after falling behind 12-2 in the fourth rallied for a 16-15 win.
George Fitzgerald started for the Redskins and gave up two runs in the first.
The Redskins responded with a two RBI single to tie the game in the second.
But Colby’s bats came alive in the fourth inning, and Liberal was in jeopardy of losing by the run rule. The Eagles scored 10 runs to take a 12-2 lead before the Redskins were able to record the third out. Dustin Loftiss and Freddie Gomez pitched in relief of Fitzgerald in the inning.
Colby had tow chances to end the game but could not come up with two catches that allowed Liberal to load the bases with one out.
Loftiss his a three-RBI triple, and Gomez followed with a three-RBI double to reduce the deficit to 12-8 and extend the game.
The Redskins continued to chip away at the Colby lead, and by the bottom of the fifth, the Redskins tied the game. A passed bal allowed Liberal to take a 16-15 lead. Liberal was able to secure the win by preventing Colby form scoring the tying run in the top of the seventh, and the three-hour game ended with a Liberal victory.