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August 13th, 2020

beejay14 runningWyatt Grant rounds second on his way to third Thursday at Brent Gould Field. The Bee Jays dropped the regular season finale 7-6 and will head to the NBC World Series Monday. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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The Great Bend Bat Cats seemed to face Thursday night’s season finale as their NBC World Series appearance while the Liberal Bee Jays approached the game with caution before heading to the NBC World Series.

Great Bend came away with the 7-6 win, and tempers flared late in the game causing both teams to gather outside the Bat Cat dugout. But the incident was quickly contained, and both teams headed back to their respective benches.

Liberal sent eight pitchers to the mound in the tune-up for the NBC World Series, starting with two Liberal natives.

Cole Evans tossed two shutout innings and only allowed one hit and two walks while striking out five.

Braxton Hyde followed with a scoreless inning and struck out one.

The Bee Jays jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the second inning and appeared to have the game in hand.

But Harris Shoemaker and Kyle Duffey struggled on the mound, each allowing three walks for a total of six in two innings. The Bat Cats also had three hits and scored four runs to cut Liberal’s lead to 5-4.

Great Bend added two more runs off John Kelly to take a 6-5 lead in the seventh, but team MVP Caeden Trenkle came through with an RBI triple in the eighth inning to tie the game.

Calvin Hunt took the mound in the ninth, and the Bat Cats were able to take advantage of a lead-off walk and an RBI single to take a 7-6 lead.

The Bee Jays couldn’t add a run in the ninth.

Liberal finished the regular season at 28-7 and will face the Houston Express at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Hutchinson in the first round of the NBC World Series. Tickets are available at

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