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Bee Jays top Aviators 7-2 for 4th straight win PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:35


Liberal’s Austin Ott (14), Colton Onstott (10) and Jaron Robinson (5) celebrate at home plate after a two-RBI double by Chad Kennedy against Dodge City Jun 3.  Wednesday, Kennedy added two more RBIs to his season total in a 7-2 win over Haysville that pushed the Bee Jays into sole possession of first place in the Jayhawk League. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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The Liberal Bee Jays extended their winning streak to four Wednesday with a 7-2 win over the Aviators in Haysville.

Liberal’s pitching staff continued to limit the Aviators at the plate. Josh Sieglitz pitched five solid innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs before being relieved by Chance Carner who only allowed one hit in three innings. Carner struck out five batters and did not allow a walk, and he was relieved by Zach Zeller who nailed down the win in the ninth with a one-two-three inning including two strikeouts.

Haysville took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning by using two singles and a sacrifice bunt to score a run.

But the Bee Jays continued to make the third out of an inning difficult in the second after the first two batters went down with a groundout and a strikeout.

Trent Maloney  and Kyle Schmidt each hit two-out singles, and James Hardeberger tied the game with a single that scored Maloney.

Chad Kennedy gave the Bee Jays the lead with a single to center field that scored Schmidt and Hardeberger, and after another single by Nate Crossman, Zac Cook singled to score Kennedy, and the Bee Jays had a 4-0 lead with six straight two-out singles in the inning.

Liberal added a run in the fourth after Schmidt reached on an error by Haysville second baseman Ethan Hunt, and with two outs and Schmidt at second base, Crossman singled to center, and Schmidt scored for a 5-1 Liberal lead.

Haysville again retired the first two Bee Jay batters in the fifth, but another Aviator error by Hunt allowed Jaron Robinson to reach base, and back-to-back singles by Maloney and Schmidt scored two more runs for the Bee Jays.

With a 7-1 lead, starter Sieglitz struggled in the fifth, walking the first two batters and allowing a one-out single by Dylan Hutcheson that scored an Aviator run and cut the lead to 7-2.

After giving up two runs in the fifth, Aviator reliever Nolan Sturgeon settled in and did not allow another Bee Jay baserunner until the ninth inning.

But the Bee Jay relievers also protected the Liberal lead by only allowing one hit in the final four innings, and another Aviator reached on an error by third baseman Maloney. 

That was it.

Zeller pitched a shutout ninth, and the Bee Jays secured the 7-2 win to move to 7-3 in the Jayhawk League.

While Liberal was knocking off Haysville, Dodge City struggled against Great Bend in a 2-0 loss, breaking the tie at the top of the league standings by falling into second at 5-3 while the Bee Jays took sole possession of first.

Liberal will look for a sweep of the Aviators tonight in the final game of the series.

The Bee Jays return home Friday to host Great Bend. Admission to Friday’s game is free, courtesy of The Bank of Beaver City.




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