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September 19th, 2019

celebrationThe Bee Jays celebrate at home plate after scoring againt the Kansas Cannons June 1. Wedensday, the Bee Jays swept a double header from the McPherson Pipeliners to move to 7-2 on the season. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Liberal’s first game of a two-game sweep of the McPherson Pipeliners Tuesday may not have be a runaway but a walkaway. The Pipeliners walked 15 Bee Jays in a 15-6 Liberal win, and the rain shortened Game 2, but it was still official with a 6-2 Liberal win.

Cole Evans earned the win in the opener, pitching five innings and only allowing two runs.

The Bee Jays used a big fifth inning to score seven runs to take a 12-2 lead. The Bee Jays hit three home runs in the inning including two-run shots from Connor Emmet and Corbin Truslow, and Cayde Ward hit a solo home run.

The Pipeliner pitchers continued to struggle, allowing more walks and beaning batters, and the Bee Jays added three more runs.

Liberal’s bullpen also struggled to find the strike zone, and the Bee Jays walked five in the seventh that allowed McPherson to cut the final score to 15-6.

Game 2 was a different with Jon Sotto getting off to a slow start, allowing two early runs but only allowing two hits the rest of the night, and the Bee Jays took a 4-2 lead in the third inning with RBI singles from Blake Dickman and Emmet.

The Bee Jays added two more runs in the sixth  before lightning caused a delay. The game was eventually called, but it was official, and the Bee Jays won 6-2.

“We had outstanding pitching from Cole Evans and Jon Sotto,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “We played well with big hits. These were two big wins on the road.”

Liberal (7-2, 6-2) will travel to Wellington for a two-game set with the Heat who are undefeated in the Kansas Collegiate League.

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