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June 17th, 2019

By EARL WATT

  • • Leader & Times

When Dylan Thompson crossed home plate with two outs in the seventh inning after Shay Kerr ripped a single with the bases loaded, it appeared the Redskins had tied the playoff game against Junction City 3-3.

But Junction City appealed that Thompson never touched third. The umpire put his fist in the air, calling Thompson out and ending the game in a 3-2 loss for the Redskins, ending their season at 11-10.

From Liberal coach Eric Olmstead’s perspective, it was that kind of day for the Redskins.

“Syris hits a ball to left, and it’s going to be a home run,” Olmstead said. “A kid makes a jump at the fence and catches it. It was that kind of day.”

Junction City scored a run in the first and added another in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

Liberal scored a run in the fourth, but Junction City added another run in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.

Neither team scored again until the Redskins loaded the bases in the seventh, and Kerr ripped a shot to right field. Braxton Hyde came around to score, and Thompson was called out on the appeal.

“It’s one of those where the umpire is 85 feet away, and he  better be sure,” Olmstead said. “He was. It’s going full speed, and I am waving the runner. It wasn’t the cleanest round, for sure, and he might have missed it, but it also looked like he could have hit it. But we had other chances earlier. The strike zone killed us.”

The Redskins played arguably the toughest regular season schedule in school history.

“We played Hugoton, Great Bend, St. James Academy, Kansas City Christian, Aquinas, and they are all going to state tournaments,” Olmstead said. “That’s a pretty good schedule. We played good baseball, we just didn’t hit. We were in a lot of games, and when we did hit, we were successful.”

But with the youth of the Redskins, Olmstead is optimistic.

“I’m proud of them,” he said “We were extremely competitive. We have a good group returning. We’ll be back.”

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