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April 18th, 2019

slidingtothird11Liberal senior Javier Bojorquez slides safely into third against Dodge City Tuesday at the National Beef Family Sports Complex. Bojorquez and the Redskins run-ruled the Red Demons in five innings, 11-1. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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By th time Dodge City’s Noah Sowers was relieved with only two outs in the second innings, the damage had already been done.

Liberal pelted Sowers for six hits and eight runs in the second inning that led to an 11-1 run-rule win for the Redskins.

After a quick scoreless first inning, Dodge City took a 1-0 lead after Alden Knedler led off the second with a double, and two sacrifice outs later, he crossed the plate.

But the Redskins answered in the bottom of the inning with a parade at the plate that started with a big hit from Francisco Terrazas, and the Redskins batted through the entire line-up in the inning to score eight runs.

After giving up the single run to the Red Demons in the second, Braxton Hyde kept the Red demons off the scoreboard for the next three innings, only allowing a game total of one run on three hits while walking none and striking out four.

The Dodge City pitchers weren’t having the same success.

After giving up eight runs, Sowers was relieved by Damian Rodriguez who gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in the third inning including a two-RBI double by Syris Dunlap, and the Redskins jumped out to an 11-1 lead.

Hyde continued to protect the lead in the fourth and fifth inningss to secure the 11-1 run-rule win.

Dunlap went 2-for-3 and had three RBIs in the win. Terrazas and Elijah McCarter each had two RBIs, and Dylan Thompson had a two-hit game.

“That’s about as good as we can play,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “That was the best hitting we had this year. Everybody was hitting the ball hard. Braxton looked himself tonight. Defensively we were clean. You couldn’t ask for a better game on senior night.”

The Red demons were expecting heat from Hyde, and Olmstead said he had to modify his pitches to keep the Dodge City batters guessing.

“They were looking to ambush his fastball,” Olmstead said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen people pull balls foul on him. The second time through we mixed in curve balls, and he got them over. When he is on the mound, they play with confidence.”

Liberal is 6-2 overall, 2-1 in the WAC, and Olmstead said his team is just starting to get ona  roll.

“I was disappointed the first five games,” he said. “We didn’t put it all together. We lost to Great Bend and Maize, but we are playing better as a team. The burden is going to be the final 12 games on the road. That will be tricky, and six games next week will be tough. That will test our pitching staff.”

Liberal’s pitching staff will be taxed next week with little recovery time.

“We could have gone singles with Garden City, but it was our only double header,” Olmstead said. “Then Alva moved their tournament. You only have eight games in the WAC. We have played great teams but never at home, like Aquinas and Maize South. I think our guys will be up for the test, it’s just unfortunate that it’s April 9 we are done at home.”

Liberal travels to Garden City Tuesday.

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