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December 05th, 2019

scoring at nbcShane Sirdashney receives congratulations fromTrevor MacDonald Friday night after scoring Liberal’s only run in a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Stars at Eck Stadium in Wichita. The Bee Jays only scored one run Sunday in a 2-1 loss to Derby. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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A 2-1 loss to the Derby Twins coupled with a 6-5 loss by the San Diego Stars brought an end to hopes of a national championship for the Liberal Bee jays at the NBC World Series in Wichita.

The loss dropped Liberal to 0-2 in Pool D, an they would have had a shot to qualify for bracket play if the Stars would have defeated the Lone Star Baseball Club.

But with Lone Star winning and moving to 2-0, even if the Bee Jays defeat Lone Star Tuesday, they would end at 1-2 and in a tie with either San Diego or Derby at 1-2. Since Liberal lost to both of them, they will be eliminated.

After a summer of strong offense, the Bee Jays only scored one run in each of its first two games at the NBC World Series despite strong pitching.

Riley Bost pitched six solid innings and only allowed two runs on three hits an three walks while striking out 10.

Trevor Pruitt pitched two shutout innings to give the Bee Jays a chance.

Liberal outhit the Twins 5-4, but the Bee Jays couldn’t get the key hit when runners were in scoring position.

Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Tristan Stacy reached on an error and later scored on an RBI double by Connor Emmet.

But a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth allowed Derby’s Justin Bundy to advance to third, and a two-out single led to another score for the Twins and a 2-1 lead.

The Bee Jays had runners at first and second with no outs in the eighth, and Cayde Ward attempted to load the bases with a bunt, but he hit the ball straight to the pitcher who threw to third for the force out.

Kade Brewer and Brandon Holdren each followed by striking out, leaving two runners stranded.

The Bee Jays couldn’t get a runner on base in the ninth and fell 2-1.

Had the San Diego Stars defeated Lonestar, the Bee Jays would have had a chance with a win Tuesday, but the San Diego loss eliminated Liberal form contention.

Liberal will play its final game at the NBC World Series at 1 p.m. Tuesday against Lonestar  in an attempt to get a win at the 2019 NBC World Series.

All other teams from Kansas are still in contention for the title. The Kansas Cannons will advance to bracket play in Pool C, and the Cheney Diamond Dawgs will qualify in Pool A. Haysville and Great Bend each have a chance to advance in Pool B.

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