The Liberal Bee Jays had some fun Friday night. Liberal enjoyed a rare Jayhawk League blowout by beating the El Dorado Broncos 14-3 at Brent Gould Field. The Broncos finished third at last year's NBC World Series. Brennan Johnson hit a three run home run and Zach Reding blasted a grand slam on a night when the wind was blowing out at up to 30 miles per hour.
JB Olson (2-1) pitched six solid innings for the win. He struck out five, did not issue a walk, and did not allow an earned run. Glen Warrick pitched scoreless inning and Nathan Smythe pitched two innings allowing one run.
Liberal had 14 runs on 14 hits and one error while the Broncos had three runs on eight hits and two errors.
Liberal scored three in the first thanks to Johnson's three run shot over the left field wall. Justin McCarty doubled home a run to left center in the second to make it 4-0 and walked with the bases loaded in the third to make it 5-0 BJ's. Liberal scored nine in the fifth bringing 15 men to the plate. El Dorado pitching walked two and beaned three in the inning. Mike Rampone doubled home a run to make it 6-0 before McCarty singled home a run. Reding launched a grand slam over the center field wall to make it 11-0. Johnson and Seth Stevens added RBI singles and McCarty drove home another run when he was beaned with the bases loaded. El Dorado scored two unearned runs in the sixth and one in the ninth.
Several Liberal hitters enjoyed big nights. Justin McCarty was 3-3 with four RBI's. Brennan Johnson was 2-5 with four RBI's and Zach Reding was 2-6 with four RBI's. Brady Cox and Patrick Kulick had two hits a piece.
Liberal is 7-4 and 3-4 in the Jayhawk and El Dorado is 1-5 in the Jayhawk. The same two teams meet Saturday night at 7 at Brent Gould Field. Southern Pioneer Electric is the buyout sponsor and will serve a free barbecue meal at 5:30 until the first pitch at 7.
The Bee Jays also host a free youth clinich from 10-12 for kids five and older.
Elsewhere in the Jayhawk. Wellington clobbered Hays 10-0 and Dodge City slipped by Derby 8-7.
El Dorado 1-5
Dodge City 1-6