bee jays drop first in tourney seek to bounce back tonight PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 August 2011 09:58

By RUSTIN WATT and EARL WATT
• Leader & Times

When Mike Hargrove led the Liberal Bee Jays to the NBC World Series two years ago, he shared a key component to the tournament.
“You only get two losses,” he said. “You want to keep that first one in your pocket as long as you can.”
Saturday, the Bee Jays had to use their frist one in a 5-1 loss to the Valley Center diamond Dawgs.
Liberal tied the game in the fourth off a Toby Semler single that scored shortstop Miles Silverstein, but after that it was all Diamond Dawgs. Liberal was  unable to manufacture any more runs in a 5-1 loss.
The Bee Jays had chances but could not get a key hit with runners on base. Liberal stranded 10 in the game.
Despite out-hitting the Dawgs 8-7, four Liberal errors contributed to the loss.
Liberal allowed one in the first, two in the fifth, and two in the ninth. Josh Smith went four innings in the loss.
The loss puts Liberal in an elimination game today against the Clarinda, Iowa, A’s.
The A’s are a former member of the Jayhawk League and advanced to face the Bee Jays by knocking off the Hays Larks in the losers’ bracket, 7-6.
Only two Jayhawk League teams remain; Liberal and Haysville.
The Bee Jays will have to defeat the A’s today and then win on Wednesday to make the top six. Currently, there are 10 teams remaining in the tournament.
Liberal will face the Clarinda A’s at  10 p.m. tonight at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, and Haysville will face the Topeka Golden Giants at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

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