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December 05th, 2019

disckmanatthirdBlake Dickman coasts into third base in a age against Dodge City earlier this year. The Bee Jays built a 10-0 lead in Dodge City Wednesday before falling behing 12-11. But Liberal rallied for a 13-12 win to set up a chane to win the Jayhawk Conference championship with w home game against Dodge City tonight. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Liberal blew a 10-0 lead Wednesday night in Dodge City but rallied for a 13-12 win to keep hope alive for a conference title and a guaranteed ticket to Championship Week in the NBC World Series.

Knowing two wins over Dodge City to close out the regular season would give the Bee Jays the Kansas Collegiate League Jayhawk Conference title, the Bee Jays wasted no time in taking an early lead.

Liberal scored five runs in the first inning and added four more in the second to take a 9-0 lead.

The Bee Jays added a run in the third for the 10-0 lead before Dodge City scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, and Liberal led 10-1.

Liberal’s Riley Bost struggled with his location in the fourth, and the A’s took advantage, loading the bases on walks, and by the time Rafferty Brown relieved Bost, Dodge City had scored eight runs and had the bases loaded before Brown struck out Bailey Bordas to end the A’s rally.

Liberal extended the lead to 11-9 in the sixth with a home run by Aidan Shepardson, but Dodge City scored three runs to take a 12-11 lead.

The Bee Jays tied the game with a run in the seventh, and in the eighth, Trevor MacDonald hit an RBI double to give the Bee Jays a 13-12 lead.

Trey Goodrich tossed two shutout innings in the eighth and ninth and stranded the tying runner at second to preserve the 13-12 win.

Liberal will host Dodge City in the regular season finale at 7 p.m. tonight, and a win will give the Bee Jays the Jayhawk Conference title and an automatic bid to the NBC World Series Championship Week. A loss will send the Bee Jays to the league tournament Saturday in Augusta with the tourney winner earning a bid to the First Week of the NBC World Series.

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