The Liberal Bee Jays entered Thursday night's game against the El Dorado Broncos needing a win to stay within striking distance of league leading Haysville. The Bee Jays not only earned the win, but did so in cruise control topping the Broncos 11-1.
El Dorado scored the game's first run in the top of the second, but Will Alvis of Louisiana Tech quickly responded for the Bee Jays with a solo home run in the second to tie up the game at one. Liberal then plated two runs in the third despite having no hits in the inning. The Bee Jays then broke the game open in the fourth inning scoring six runs off of just four hits to take full control of the game. Liberal would go on to add one run in the sixth and eighth innings.
Parker Markel of Yavapai College got the start for the Bee Jays and pitched very well lasting six innings and giving up just one run off of four hits and eleven strikeouts.
Offensively the Bee Jays were led by Blake Bergeron of Nicholls State University who had a two run homer and three RBI's in the game. Kyle Borden of Rhode Island went 2-4 with an RBI, while Aaron Mees reached base three of his four trips to the plate with his only out being a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.
Austin Robson of Angelina College came in to throw two scoreless innings in relief for Liberal, while Brandon Ward-Hersee of Lamar Community College pitched a scoreless ninth.
With the loss, El Dorado is now 10-8 overall, and 4-8 in the Jayhawk League. The Bee Jays improve to 9-5 overall, and 5-5 in the league.
The Bee Jays will have Friday off, before playing a two game set in Hays on Saturday and Sunday. Both games will start at 7 p.m. and will air on 1270 AM and right here on kscbnews.net.