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July 05th, 2020

beejay12 safe at thirdLiberal’s Aidan Shepardson slides safely into third base on a controversial play that brought the Haysville manager out of the dugout. The Bee Jays cruised to a 9-1 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

  • Leader & Times

Liberal completed a three-game sweep of the Haysville Aviators Friday, but the game did not come without controversy.

Aviator coach Lance Spongberg wanted a balk called on Bee Jay pitcher Cole Evans on a fake throw to first in the first inning, but the call was made that Evans stepped off the rubber first.

The Aviators scored a run in the inning to take an early 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, Aidan Shepardson reached on a walk, and an error by the Haysville shortstop allowed Nate White to reach.

AJ Folds grounded to third, and the Aviators attempted to force Shepardson at third, but he was called safe, and Spongberg again approached the umpires about the call.

With two outs, Caeden Trenkle hit a hard grounder to second who couldn’t make the play, and Shepardson scored to tie the game.

Jack Malone was hit by the next pitch which forced White home, and the Bee Jays had a 2-1 lead.

Cayde Ward added a home run in the fifth inning that scored two runs, and a two-RBI single from Jake Schulz pushed the Liberal lead to 6-1.

The Bee Jays added three more runs in the seventh with an RBI single by Trenkle and a two-RBI double by Malone, and the Bee Jays had a 9-1 lead.

Despite the quick start for the Aviators, Haysville struggled to get on base after the first inning and ended the game with only two hits.

Evans pitched three innings and allowed one run on one hit while walking two and striking out seven.

John Kelly, Rafferty Brown and Kyle Duffy each pitched an inning, and Eric Helming came in for an inning and two-thirds before turning the game over to closer Payton Strambler who finished with an inning-and-a-third to secure the 9-1 win.

Trenkle continued his hot summer with a two-for-three performance at the plate to go along with two walks and an RBI.

Malone went three-for-four with three RBIs. Bryce Donovan and Folds each had two-hit games.

The Bee Jays were scheduled to play a Monday double header in Oklahoma City, but the game was moved to Wednesday.

Liberal improved to 7-1.

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