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December 05th, 2019

play at homeLiberal’s Colton Moore watches a runner come home for San Diego after the ball bounces off his glove and floats over his head Friday at Eck Stadium in Wichita. The miscue allowed the go-ahead run to score in the fifth inning, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 4-1 loss for the Bee Jays at the NBC World Series. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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WICHITA  — San Diego didn’t score a run without the help of the Liberal Bee Jay defense Friday night in the first round of pool play at the NBC World Series. 

All four runs scored by the Stars came from Bee jay miscues even the Liberal only had one error in a 4-1 loss.

Liberal took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning  when Shane Sirdashney scored after a Colton Moor RBI single.

Payton Stramble had a strong start for the Bee Jays, pitching four  shutout innings and getting an initial out in the fifth before a hit by Kyle Pineda which should have been a routine single turned in to a triple when the ball trickled under a Bee Jay glove in left and rolled all the way to the fence, allowing Pineda to reach third.

A single later allowed Pineda to score and tie the game 1-1.

Later in the inning with two outs, San Diego’s Brady Joslyn singled to center, and Dallas Seidel was waved around third. The throw came in on target and beat Seidel to home by 15 feet, but the ball caromed out of Moore’s glove and straight above his head and behind home plate, allowing Seidel to score which gave San Diego a 2-1 lead.

The Bee Jays had runners on base in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings but could not get a run home, and the Stars continued to hold the lead while 33-year-old Jonathan Sintes was able to mix his pitches enough to keep the Bee Jay batters out of rhythm.

But the Bee Jays kep the game close with solid defense after the fifth-inning miscues until the top of the ninth innings when the bullpen struggled, walking three and beaning two and allowing two runs to score on two wild pitches, and the Stars took a 4-1 lead.

Cayde Ward led off the ninth inning with a single, but Sintes was able to strand Ward by getting three straight outs, and the Bee jays fell 4-1 in the first round of pool play.

The Bee Jays will face the Derby Twins Sunday in the second game of pool play. Derby lost to Lonestar Baseball 3-1 earlier Friday.

Liberal will wrap up pool play Tuesday against Lone Star.

Only the last place team in pool play will be eliminated, and the remaining three teams advance to bracket play.

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