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Chad Kennedy slides safely into home against Dodge City in the first series of the season. Liberal was not able to play the final game of the series with Dodge City after a rainout, splitting the series 1-1. Since then, Liberal has won back-to-back series against Derby, 2-1 and Hays, 2-1. The Hays series was played in Hays, one of the historically more difficult places for Liberal to win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Wins in Hays have not come easy for the Liberal Bee Jays in recent years, and after losing the opening game  of a three-game series to the Larks 1-0, the Bee Jays battled back to win the final two games of the series to move into first place in the Jayhawk League after the first three series of the season.

The Be Jays pitched good enough to win the opener, only allowing one run, but Liberal’s batters hit into five double plays, killing any offensive threat Friday in a 1-0 loss.

Bee Jays 6, Larks 5

Saturday, the Bee Jays only needed three batters to finally cross the plate in Hays after a lead-off single by Nate Crossman was followed by a Zac Cook bunt that the Larks couldn’t field. With two runners on base, Cale O’Donnell hit a double that scored Crossman, and Garrett Scott added a single to score Cook, and the Bee Jays had a 2-0 lead.

The inning continued with an Austin Ott double that scored O’Donnell, and Gage Teer hit a ground ball to short and was thrown out at first, but Scott scored, and the Bee Jays had a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Hays finally broke through in the fifth inning with a run on three singles against pitcher Sam Beattie, but the Bee Jays answered in the sixth with another run to maintain the four-run lead, 5-1.

A sacrifice fly by Scott in the seventh allowed Crossman to score, and the Bee jays built a 6-1 lead.

Same Beattie finally tired in the eighth, and the Larks took advantage with a lead-off single and back-to-back one-out walks to load the bases. Three straight singles allowed the Larks to chase Beattie off the mound and cut the lead to 6-5.

Chance Carner took the mound and struck out Mike Gangwish and forced a ground ball by Max Remy to end the inning and preserve the lead, 6-5.

O’Donnell took the mound for the ninth, retiring the Larks in order with a groundout, a line out and a strikeout to preserve the 6-5 win and tie the series at one game each.

Crossman and O’Donnell were both 2-for-5, and Scott, Ott and Teer also had two hits each in the win.

Bee Jays 12, Larks 5

Sunday, the Bee Jays again jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and six in the second to take a 9-0 lead and went on to win 12-5.

For the second straight day, Crossman led off a game with a single, and with one out, O’Donnell walked. Scott singled to load the bases, and Colton Onstott followed with a single to score Crossman and O’Donnell.

Jaron Robinson followed with a single to score Scott,  and the Bee Jays led 3-0.

Jake Harrison allowed a single and a double in the first, but the Larks failed to score in the first, and the Bee Jays continued to pound Lark starter Peyton Battenfield, starting the second with a walk to Caleb Ward and a Crossman double to lead off the inning. Cook singled to score Ward, and after an O’Donnell groundout, an error by Hays shortstop Jacob Boston allowed Scott to reach and Cook to score.

Onstott doubled to score Scott, and Robinson singled.

Trent Maloney struck out, and with two outs, Onstott stole home while Robinson stole second, and Ott singled to score Robinson, and the Bee Jays had a 9-0 lead.


Hays added a run in the third, but the Bee Jays scored two more runs in the fourth to take an 11-1 lead.

Liberal added another run in the sixth, and the Larks had a breakout inning in the seventh, scoring four runs.

But the Bee Jays ended the rally, and relievers Zach Zeller and Lowell Schipper threw back-to-back shutout innings for the 12-5 win.

Crossman, Cook, Onstott and Robinson each had two hits. 

Onstott and Cook each had three RBIs.

The win pushed the Bee Jays to 5-3 after the first three series.

Liberal will take today off before heading back on the road to Haysville for a three-game set with the Aviators (5-4).

Liberal will return to Brent Gould Field Friday for the first game ever against Great Bend.

 

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