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August 13th, 2020

natewhitehomerrunLiberal’s Nate White receives congratulations from the Bee Jays after he hit a home run in the second inning on a pitch thrown by honorary Liberal Rattler Kelby Tomlinson. The Bee Jays won the hometown clash with the Rattlers, 8-1. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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When Kelby Tomlinson trades in his Liberal Bee Jay uniform to join forces with the Liberal Rattlers, it might be considered a friendly rivalry.

Tomlinson headlined a Rattler lineup that faced the Bee Jays Thursday, and not only did he switch jerseys, but he also switched positions, taking the mound against his “former” team.

But the Bee Jays were able to sting Tomlinson for five runs, and the underdog Rattlers fell 8-1.

Dylan McKee rattled the Bee Jays early with a lead-off double for the Rattlers.

He advanced to third before Garrett Bonnett was able to record the third out of the first inning.

Tomlinson recorded five straight outs on the mound for the Rattlers before an error allowed Aidan Shepardson to reach first, and Nate White followed with a hot over the left field fence for a 2-0 Bee Jay lead.

Tomlinson struggled with his location in the third when he beaned Caeden Trenkle and Jack Malone to lead of the inning, and after a fielder’s choice and two singles in the inning, the Bee Jays added two more runs to take a 4-0 lead.

Tomlinson helped the Rattlers in the fourth by drawing a walk from John Kelly who relieved Bonnett. A wild pitch allowed Tomlinson to move to second, and Javier Bojorquez hit a shot down the third base line that scored Tomlinson and cut the Bee Jay lead to 4-1.

The Rattlers recorded two quick outs in the fourth before Trenkle roped a double to the right field fence, and he scored when Malone singled to right to give the Bee Jays a 5-1 lead.

The Rattlers held their own for the next three innings with a scoreless inning from Tomlinson and two from Blake Walden. 

But the Rattlers couldn’t get a key hit with runners on base, and they could not trim the lead.

The Bee Jays used three walks and a double in the eighth inning to add three more runs, and Eric Heiman tossed a shutout ninth to secure the 8-1 win for the Bee Jays.

The Rattlers had eight hits to nine for the Bee Jays.

McKee had a strong game at the plate with three hits against the Bee Jays. Bojorquez had the lone RBI for the Rattlers.

Shepardson and Cayde Ward each had two-hit games, and Trenkle scored three times.

Five different Bee Jays took the mound and combined to allow one run on eight hits and four walks while striking out 15.

The two teams faced off again late Friday before the Bee Jays took the weekend off.

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