By Rustin Watt
Leader & Times
Ross Kivett had played infield at K-State, but since his trip to Liberal has played some outfield. The utility man is filling in at second base for Eddie Arroyo who suffered a broken jaw and will be unable to complete this season.
Arroyo leaves a big hole. He was the lead-off batter and played for the Bee Jays last season when Liberal won its fifth national championship.
Arroyo was hit with a cleat in the face form a Hays runner on a tag at second on June 14, and Arroyo played in six more games with a broken jaw. He went four-for-five in one of those games.
Kivett was comfortable on the diamond and helped the Bee Jays despite missing Arroyo.
The injury to Arroyo led to the second infield adjustment for the Bee Jays this summer. Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson was drafted by the San Francisco Giants earlier in June and headed to begin his professional career in Arizona.
Jake Barrios took over the shortstop position after joining the team as Tomlinson departed, and Kivett took over for Arroyo.
Liberal head coach Mike Silva said he’s looking for others to step up, and in last night’s 17-3 beat down on the Broncos, it’s apparent that though Kivett is filling in, the burden may not be one solely for Kivett to bare with big plays from catcher Toby Semler and nearly every Bee Jay that stepped into the batters box last night.