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Bee Jays Edge the A’s

Brock Kappelmann - June 30, 2021 6:41 am

With the wind blowing in on an unseasonably cool evening, five BJ pitchers stood tall in a 4-2 win over the visiting Dodge City A’s Tuesday night at Brent Gould Field.  Eric Turner, Brady Bowles, Payton Strambler, Cole Hillier, and Jack Hagan held the A’s to one earned run.  It was Dodge City’s first visit to Liberal since July 18, 2019 when the BJ’s won a 4-3 decision to clinch the Jayhawk Division of the KCLB.

Dodge City scored a run in the first against starter Eric Turner.  The Bee Jays bounced back with three runs on four hits in the third.  With two outs, Aidan Shepardson singled and AJ Folds walked.  Wyatt Grant slapped an RBI single over the shortstop.  Cayde Ward lined an RBI single to right.  Scott Anderson looped an RBI single over the first baseman for the 3-1 lead.  The BJ’s scored an unearned run in the fifth as Scott Anderson legged out a fielder’s choice.  Dodge City scored a run in the sixth when the BJ’s picked over to first base and the throw got away and the BJ’s threw wide of third allowing the run to score.

Eric Turner went five strong innings for the win with four strikeouts and no walks.  Brady Bowles pitched an inning allowing an unearned run.  Payton Strambler, Cole Hillier, and Jack Hagan pitched scoreless innings.  Aidan Shepardson got on base all four times.

Liberal out hit the A’s 8-6 while Dodge City committed three errors and Liberal had two errors.

Liberal is 13-2 overall and 8-0 in the Jayhawk Division of the Kansas Collegiate League.  Dodge City is 8-8 overall and 7-6 in the Jayhawk.  Liberal hosts Dodge City Thursday night at 7 with the Dugout Show at 6:45 on 1270 and  Rapid Fit is the buyout sponsor.


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