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October 17th, 2019

grandslamBy EARL WATT

Leader & Times

Shane Sirdashney extended the Fourth of July celebration with a rocket over the left field fence at the National Beef Family Sports Complex for a grand slam in the first inning against the Boulder Collegians Tuesday, and Liberal had to score late to earn a 14-10 win. Wedensday, the Bee Jays gave up five runs in the ninth but still came away with a 9-8 win.

Trevor MacDonald struggled in the first inning Tuesday, allowing three runs.

But the Bee Jays were able to load the bases in the bottom of the first, and Sirdashney crushed a pitch that easily cleared the left field wall for a grand slam and a 4-3 Liberal lead.

MacDonald gave up another un in the second after issuing a lead-off walk, but he was able to strand a runner to keep the game tied 4-4.

Liberal fell behind in the third when a broken bat single led off the inning and later scored.

But the Bee Jays broke through in the bottom of the third with five runs with doubles from Sirdashney and Aidan Shepardson, and Liberal sent nine baters to the plate to take a 9-5 lead.

MacDonald protected the lead through the fifth inning and turned the game over to the bullpen.

The Collegians added two runs in the sixth to cut Liberal’s lead to 9-7, and after Liberal added another run, Boulder tied the game in the eighth at 10-10.

Connor Emmet gave the Bee Jays a late lead with a three-run shot, and Liberal added another run to take a 14-10 lead in the eighth.

JJ Rytz closed out the game on the mound with a scoreless ninth, and the Bee Jays earned the 14-10 win.

“We hit the ball very well tonight,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “We had a solid start from MacDonald.”

Liberal jumped out to a 5-0 lead Wedensday with a five-run third inning and moved to 6-0 in the fifth after an RBI double by Brandon Holdren.

Liberal had a 7-1 lead after the sixth, but the Collegians cut the lead to 7-3 in the seventh.

Liberal added two insurance runs in the eight and needed them both. Boulder took advantage of three walks, an error and two singles to score five runs and cut the lead to 9-8 before a groundout one a short-hop throw from third to first preserved the one-run win.

While the Bee Jays were defeating the Collegians, Hays knocked off Dodge City twice to take a one-game lead over the Bee Jays in the Jayhawk Conference. Hays has a 6-0 record against the A’s, and the two teams play again tonight.

Liberal will return to Kansas Collegiate League action Friday when the Bee Jays host the Clearwater Outlaws for the first time. The two teams will play a four-game series through Monday, and the Bee Jays will travel to Dodge City July 17 before hosting the home finale against the A’s July 18.

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