Liberal and Wellington produced another pitcher's dual Saturday night at Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington. The Heat scored a run in the bottom of he ninth to beat the a Bee Jays 2-1.
Pray Ashford made his first start for the BJ's and bottled up the Heat. He went 5.1 innings allowing one run and three hits. Nathan Smythe pitched 2.1 scoreless out of the bullpen.
Liberal hitters had trouble making contact striking out 17 times. Brady Cox connected in the fourth launching his first homer of the season over the wall in left to make it 1-0 Bee Jays. The Heat scored in the sixth when Aaron Siple slashed a double to right center. Chad Nack faced a bases loaded no out situation in the bottom of the ninth and nearly got out of it. He induced a groundout to Zach Hoffman at first and Cody Erickson at second turning into force outs at home with the infield in. A dribbler back to the mound got by Nack and Erickson charged the ball and flipped accurately to first but the runner was called safe on a controversial call and the Heat won 2-1. The Heat out-hit the BJ's 5-3. Liberal had three more errors giving them six in the two games in Wellington.
Liberal is 9-9 and 5-9 in the Jayhawk. The Heat are 18-1 and 11-1 in the Jayhawk. The teams wrap up their series Sunday night at 7 in Wellington on 1270 and kscbnews.net.
Last night Derby beat Hays 9-5 in Derby and Dodge City won 7-4 in El Dorado.
El Dorado 4-9
Dodge City 3-9