Bee Jays Finish 3rd at NBC After Loss to Hays
Brock Kappelmann - August 5, 2022 8:50 pm
In their best NBC run since 2015, the Liberal Bee Jays have finished third in the NBC World Series. The Hays Larks defeated the BJ’s 6-2 Friday night at Eck Stadium in Wichita. The Bee Jays finish 34-6.
Liberal got off to a good start as Tyce Armstrong lined a home run over the left field wall for his 10th of the summer. Hays countered with two runs on two hits in the top of the fourth. Liberal quickly tied the game with a manufactured run in the bottom of the fourth. Keaton Grady singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second when a ball got away from the Larks catcher. He advanced to third on Daylan Pena’s ground out to second and scored on Zach Yorke’s bouncer to short. That tied the game at 2-2 after four. Hays hitter Garrett Gruell hit a two run homer in the eighth and Palmer Hutchison hit a two run homer in the ninth to carry Hays to the 6-2 lead.
Liberal only mustered three hits as the Larks out hit the BJ’s 9-3. Liberal committed the only error in the game. Paul Bonzagni pitched valiantly going eight innings allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Jackson Berry pitched the ninth.
It was Liberal’s tournament leading 23rd trip to the semifinals. Liberal went 3-1 in the NBC and 4-1 counting a forfeit win.