Luke Steward puts the ball in play against the Denver Cougars last week. The Bee Jays completed the season sweep of the Cougars Wednesday with a 17-3 win to start a three-game series in the Denver area. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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Liberal extended its winning streak to nine games in a row and moved into first place of the Rocky Mountain League after a pair of wins in Colorado Wednesday and Thursday.

The Bee Jays won their eighth game in a row Wednesday by completing the season sweep of the Denver Cougars, 17-3.

The Bee Jays belted out 18 hits in the win.

The Cougars were competitive early and tied the game 1-1 in the second inning.

But the Bee Jays added three runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

The Bee Jays stretched the lead to 8-1 in the fifth with two more runs, and solo home run in the seventh gave the Bee Jays a 9-1 lead.

Liberal left no doubt in the eighth by adding eight more runs and coasted to the 17-3 win.

The Bee Jays notched their ninth straight win Thursday night with a 21-10 win over the Colorado Rough Riders.

Ryota Kusumoto continued to produce from the leadoff spot with a game-opening double, and the Bee Jays pushed runs across the plate early and often.

Despite allowing 10 runs, the Bee Jays were in control throughout the game and had a 15-point advantage in the fourth inning.

While the Bee Jays continued their winning streak, Hays suffered a split with the Western Nebraska Pioneers. Hays won a seven-inning game 10-2 but lost an 11-inning affair 9-7.

The Bee Jays faced the Game Day Angels in Colorado late Friday night and will return to Liberal to host Dodge City for the annual Fourth of July classic.

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