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July 31st, 2021

be jays 8 making a play at secondLiberal Bee Jay Justin Harris makes a play near second base against the Denver Cougars Saturday. The Bee Jays are off to a 4-0 start with a win over the Kansas Curve Tuesday, 10-2 and the Dirtbags Wednesday, 3-2. L&T photo/Earl WattEARL WATT • Leader & Times

 

After cruising to a 10-2 win over the Kansas Curve, the Liberal Bee Jays had to battle from behind late against the Dirtbag Baseball Club Wednesday for a 3-2 win to remain perfect on the season at 4-0.

Eric Turner started on the mound for the Bee Jays and allowed one run in three innings. Brady Bowles pitched the next three innings and allowed a solo home run before Jack Chester pitched the final three innings to earn the win.

The Bee Jays and Dirtbags were tied 1-1 in the fifth before the solo shot gave the Dirtbags a 2-1 lead.

Wyatt Grant tied the game in the eighth with an RBI single and then scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

Chester had to pitch out of a jam in the ninth after a Dirtbag reached second with no outs.

But Chester struck out a Dirtbag and then forced a pair of groundouts to secure the win.

“It got hairy in the ninth,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “We came out lacking energy. Once the game got rolling you could see the intensity rising. It was fun. The guys were pumped in the end to win all three road games in the league. I expect to be in a lot of games like that.”

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Liberal outhit the Dirtbags, but the Bee Jays struggled to string hits together to push runs across the plate.

“We just didn’t hit real well,” Olmstead said. “That will happen when you see good pitching. They threw a lot of strikes, mixed speeds, we just hit a lot of balls right at them.”

But the Bee Jays broke through in the eighth with a pair of runs to secure the win.

Liberal is 3-0 in the Jayhawk Division and will host the Wichita Moos from the Walter Johnson Division at Brent Gould Field starting at 7 p.m. Friday for a three-game set.

“These games count as league games but not division games,” Olmstead said. “You want to host the league championship, and these matter. Big time.”

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