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July 05th, 2020

beejay17pitchingLiberal’s Aaron Funk tosses a pitch against Haysville Thursday. Funk threw four innings and only allowed one hit while striking out five in a 13-1 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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The Bee Jays used a six-run third inning and another solid start on the mound to win their sixth straight game and scored more than 10 runs in four straight games with a 13-1 blowout over Haysville.

Aaron Funk pitched four scoreless innings and only allowed one hit while striking out five, and the relief pitching only allowed one run and two hits in the final five innings.

Liberal took advantage of a dropped third strike and a Wyatt Gratn double in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Liberal blew the game open in the third with six runs that included singles from Malone, Jake Schulz, Nate White and Grant, a walk to Kade Brewer, a double from Wilson Ehrhardt, an error by Haysville and two hit batsmen to push six runs across the plate for a 7-0 Liberal lead.

Calvin Hunt relieved Funk to start the fifth, and Haysville was able to push a run across the plate with a lead-off walk followed by a single and an RBI ground out to cut the lead to 7-1.

AJ Folds scored in the fifth for the Bee Jays after hitting a lead-off single, advancing to third on two wild pitches and then scoring on a White groundout.

Liberal added another run in the sixth when Kade Brewer and Grant hit back-to-back singles, and Brewer crossed the plate.

The Bee Jays added three more runs in the seventh by taking advantage of two walks followed by a two-out RBI double by Brewer and an RBI single from Grant.

Liberal finished scoring in the eighth with Northern run with an RBI single from White, and Harris Shoemaker threw a scoreless ninth to secure the 13-1 win.

Grant led the Bee Jays at the plate with four hits and three RBIs.

White had two hits and three RBIs.

Brewer and Aidan Shepardson each had two-hit nights.

The win pushed Liberal to 6-1 on the season with one more game to play against Haysville.

The Bee Jays will travel to Oklahoma City for four games before returning to Brent Gould Field Jan. 29 to host the Denver Cougars.

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