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July 31st, 2021

bee jays 18 home runCayde Ward (18) meets his teammates after hitting a home run earlier this season. The Bee Jays dropped their seocnd straight game for the first time this season with an 8-4 loss to Derby Thursday. L&T photo/Earl WattEARL WATT • Leader & Times


For the first time this season, the Liberal Bee Jays lost back-to-back despite outhitting both opponents.

After losing to the Valley Center Mud Daubers Wednesday 9-8, despite outhitting the Mud Daubers 14-7, the Bee jays stepped out of the Kansas Collegiate League to play the Derby Twins and fell 8-4 despite outhitting the Twins 8-7 in the loss.

Liberal fell behind early after allowing three first-inning runs to the Twins.

Liberal cut the lead to 3-2 in the third, but the Twins pushed the lead to 6-4 with runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

Liberal cut the lead to 6-4 with a pair of runs in the eighth, but the Twins answered with two more runs in the eighth, and the Bee Jays failed to score in the ninth in the 8-4 loss.

The loss was also the first to be by more than one run for the Bee jays.

The loss had no effect on the league standing since the Derby Twins are part of the Sunflower League. Both teams used to be members of the Jayhawk League before it disbanded two years ago.

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The Bee Jays returned to league play Friday with a three-game home series hosting the Park City Rangers. While the series with the Rangers doesn’t affect the Jayhawk Division, the games are critical in securing home field advantage in the race for the Kansas Collegiate League championship series.

Currently, Liberal has a magic number is four to secure the Jayhawk Conference title. That means any combination of Bee Jay wins or Valley Center losses that equal four will secure the conference title. Liberal only needs to wins, or a win and a Dodge City loss, to eliminate the A’s.

The Kansas Cannons lead the Walter Johnson Division with a three-game lead over the Rangers. If the Bee Jays sweep the Rangers, they would virtually eliminate the Rangers and all but secure the Walter Johnson Division for the Cannons.

Counting this weekend’s series with the Rangers, the Bee Jays have 17 league games remaining.

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