Now things are all squared between the Liberal Bee Jays and Hays Larks. After letting a 7-1 lead slip June 5 in Liberal and losing 10-7, Liberal rallied from a 3-0 deficit with two outs in the eighth to steal a 6-4 decision at Larks Park in Hays. The BJ's scored all six runs in the eighth with two outs.
The first place Larks scored one in the second and one in the third to lead 3-0. That lead stood until the eighth when the BJ's scored their first run due to a Hays error. Oklahoma State's Ryan Schilhab delivered a two out, two RBI single to right center to tie the game. Cisco's Ryan Tate singled to shallow right to give the Jays a 4-3 lead. Liberal scored their fifth run on an error by the Hays catcher and plated the sixth run on a wild pitch.
Hays loaded the bases with one out in a 6-4 game in the ninth but Coffeyville's John Branum retired two men for the save. UTA's Zach Thompson pitched 3 and 2/3 allowing one run for the win. He replaced started Justin Schnedler of Northeast Texas CC who went 4 and 2/3 allowing three runs.
Liberal is 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the Jayhawk while Hays falls to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Jayhawk.
Liberal plays at Hays Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on Talkradio 1270 and kscbnews.net.