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June 24th, 2019

beejaysrunningbases02Liberal’s Jordan Williams rounds third base during a game against the Kansas Cannons June 5. The Bee Jays run-ruled the Wellington Heat Thursday, 15-4, handing the Heat their first league loss of the season. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Liberal responded from an 11-6 loss to the Wellington Heat with a 15-4 run-rule win.

Liberal struggled early in the first game at the plate against the Heat, but they had better success Thursday.

Not only did the Bee jays dominate at the plate, but the pithing staff kept the heat on Wellington all night.

Payton Strambler pitched five innings and only allowed two runs on one hit.

Strambler was relieved by Trey Goodrich for two innings, and Trevor MacDonald tossed the eighth in the run-rule shortened game.

Unlike Wednesday, when the bullpen was hammered by the Heat, Goodrich and MacDonald combined to get six strikeouts in three innings.

“This was our most complete game of the year,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “We pitched extremely well with timely hitting.

Colton Moore had a strong night at the plate, going three for four with a home run and five RBIs.

Aiden Shepardson went two for five with a home run and five RBIs.

Cayde Ward went three for four with three doubles.

The win evened up the series with the Heat in the only two regular season games scheduled between the two teams.

The Bee Jays (8-3, 7-3) will move to Valley Center today for a game with the Mud Daubers.

The Bee Jays will face the Daubers for a pair of games with the first pitch time being moved to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Daubers (4-8, 4-6) are coming off a two-game sweep of the Clearwater Outlaws.

After the 15-day road trip, the Bee Jays will return to Brent Gould Field Monday to open a four-game series with the Hays Larks (10-1, 9-0). 

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