By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Don Lisi was superb on the mound Wednesday night for the Bee Jays.
The Bee Jay pitcher went seven and two-third innings, scattering four El Dorado hits and giving up no runs in a 4-0 victory for the Bee Jays.
The win forced a split with the Broncos in a two-game set.
The Bee Jays scored two in the second and added another in the seventh and eighth innings to earn the 4-0 win.
Josh Reyes threw three pitches to get the final out in the bottom of the eighth, and closer Mitch Caster pitched the ninth and faced three batters to preserve the win.
So far, Liberal has handed first-place El Dorado three of its four league losses on the season.
“Lisi threw a great game,” Liberal pitching coach Galen McSpadden said. “He went out and made adjustments and did exactly what he needed to do. He has good enough stuff and location, he doesn’t have to throw as hard. Good pitching is keeping the batter’s timing off a little bit. He changed speeds, got people out with a BP fast ball, he’s taking some off the breaking ball. That makes his fast ball that much quicker.”
McSpadden said that Lisi’s previous outing was rough, but the adjustments Lisi made turned his game around,a nd that other players could learn from that.
“If they are willing to listen and make those adjustments, we can have a great second half of the season,” he said.
The win improved the Bee Jays to 7-8 in league play, one game out of second place and three games out of first.
There are 17 league games remaining on the season and 11 of those are against Hays and Dodge City, two teams that are below the Bee Jays in the standings.
El Dorado, on the other hand, still has six games to play against second place Derby and two more with Liberal.
The Bee Jays will step out of league play for the next five games and host the Colorado contingency.
The Colorado Bombers come to Brent Gould Field beginning at 7 p.m.
tonight and will play games 2 and 3 of the set Friday and Saturday, also beginning at 7 p.m.
The Colorado Renegades will make the trip to Liberal for a two-game series beginning Sunday and finishing Monday.
“We will be able to get some playing time for some guys and find out if we have some more arms,” McSpadden said. “We will be getting some of our other guys some at bats and working on consistency — getting a winning frame of mind. Winning and losing is habitual.
“We still have a lot to accomplish. Stepping out of league allows for a little more relaxing atmosphere. With our schedule and who we will play against, and if we get another arm or two in here and get a more set consistent line-up, if we can get a few guys a day off, we are sitting pretty good to have a good July.”