Change is the norm this time of year for the Liberal Bee Jays. There are additions and subtractions to the roster and the Bee Jays embark on a five game road swing against the top two teams in the league last year. Liberal plays three at two time defending Jayhawk League champion Haysville Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Liberal plays at Hays Tuesday and Wednesday nights. All the games will air on Talkradio 1270.
First the subtractions, Nicholls State outfield Chris Miller injured his shoulder in Tuesday's game against Hays and is out for the summer. Yavapai right handed pitcher Peter Lenstrohm left the team due to injury concerns and Yavapai catcher Josh Tate left the team. Eastern Oklahoma State and Wichita State signee Blake Logan left the BJ's Wednesday after he was drafted in the 13th round by the Miami Marlins Tuesday.
Wichita State's Dayne Parker joined the team Wednesday. The infielder started every game for Wichita State and hit .281 with two homers and 28 RBI's. Catcher Jacob Huckaby joined the team Wednesday after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas recently. Huckaby signed at Texas Pan American. Cody Crabaugh from OCU joined the team. He went 10-2 in his junior college season.
Liberal's four players from Darin Thomas's NCAA regional qualifying Texas-Arlington Mavericks join the team in Liberal Thursday night. The Mavericks are right handed pitchers Zach Thompson (3-3 with 3.83 ERA at UTA) and Chad Nack (2-3 with 4.83 ERA at UTA. UTA's Derek Miller is an infielder and outfielder who drove home 15 runs for the Mavs and middle infielder Travis Sibley hit .359 and was the Southland Conference Tournament MVP.
The BJ's also dipped into the Texas junior college pool bringing in Northeast Texas right hander Justin Schnedler and Grayson's Ray Ashford.