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July 31st, 2021

bee jays 22 talking to olmsteadTyler Boggs talks to head coach Eric Olmstead at third base during a series with the Park City Rangers Friday. The Bee Jays took two of three in the series and knocked off Dodge City Monday. L&T photo/Earl WattEARL WATT • Leader & Times


Liberal eliminated the Dodge City A’s from contention for the Jayhawk Division title Monday and inched closer to claiming the title outright with two out of three wins against Park City.

The Bee Jays (20-5 overall, 19-4 league, 13-1 division) won three of four games over the weekend, and with one more division win or one loss by the Valley Center Mud Daubers, the Bee Jays will clinch the Jayhawk Division.

The Bee Jays flirted with a  run-rule win over the Park City Rangers Friday before coming away with an 18-7 victory.

But Saturday, the Bee Jays made too many outs on the bases, and despite outhitting the Rangers, fell 6-4.

But the Bee Jays responded Sunday with an 11-1 win behind six scoreless innings pitched by Braxton Hyde. Matt Floyd allowed one run in the top of the seventh, but the Bee Jays scored in the bottom half of the inning to secure the run-rule win.

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Liberal hosted Dodge City in a make-up game Monday and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and led 8-1 in the third. But the A’s started to chip away and cut the lead to 9-5 in the top of the eighth. 

The Bee Jays relievers struggled to get strikes called, and Dodge City scored four runs, three by walks forcing runners across the plate, to tie the game 9-9. But the Bee Jays had a lead-off double, and after a pop fly out, a ground ball to short was mishandled, and the Bee Jays scored the winning run.

Liberal will play two road games before returning home Friday.

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