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December 05th, 2019

beejayschampsThe Liberal Bee Jays hoist the Kansas Collegiate League Baseball champions trophy into the night sky in Augusta after knocking off the Kansas Cannons 14-4 to win the league title in their first year as a member of the league. Courtesy photoBy EARL WATT

Leader & Times

After holding on to knock off the Dodge City A’s in back-to-back one-run games that the Bee Jays had to win to earn the Jayhawk Division title, Liberal traveled to Augusta to face the South-Central Division champion Kansas Cannons, and a two-game sweep gave the Bee Jays the Kansas Collegiate League Baseball championship in just their first year in the league.

After winning Game 1 of the three game series on Friday 8-2, the Bee Jays ran away late in the second game to come away with a 14-4 victory.

The Bee Jays had huge performances at the plate, especially later in the game. Cayde Ward went four-for-five and had four RBIs for the second straight night, and Aidan Shepardson went three-for-five and had also had four RBIs.

Multiple hits were also had by Shane Sirdashney (2) and Connor Emmet (4).

The Cannons took an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning against Garrett Bonnett, and they added another run in the third to take a 4-1 lead.

But the Bee Jays tied the game in the fifth with three runs, and Liberal took a 6-4 lead in the sixth with two more.

The Bee Jays put the game out of reach in the seventh with eight runs for the 14-4 win.

The victory pushed the Bee Jays to 28-12 overall and will send the Bee Jays to the NBC World Series Championship Week as the KCLB champions with a 28-12 overall record.

The Cannons also advance to Championship Week as the KCLB runners-up.

The Bee Jays will play either Thursday or Friday.

KCLB IN THE NBC

Three other league teams are playing in the First Week of the NBC.

Hays is currently 1-1 in pool play with a 4-0 win over the Waco Missions, and a 5-4 loss to former Jayhawk League opponent Great Bend Bat Cats.

The wellington Heat are 0-1 after losing their pool opener to the Wichita Sluggers, 8-1.

Dodge City is currently in a rain delay after Sunday night’s game was postponed until Monday. The A’s had a 2-1 lead over former Jayhawk League opponent Derby Twins in the fourth inning.

Two of the 12 teams playing in The First Week Tournament will advance to Championship Week to form a 16-team tournament with four four-team pools. That tournament begins Thursday.

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