Bee Jays Keep Hopes Alive with Win Over Denver
Brock Kappelmann - July 30, 2018 6:32 am
At least there’s a chance. The Liberal Bee Jays are 1-1 in pool play after defeating the Denver Cougars 10-4 Sunday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita at the NBC World Series. 316 Elite lost to the San Antonio Angels 13-5 Sunday to drop to 1-1 in pool and San Antonio is 2-0. The Bee Jays play San Antonio on Tuesday knowing there still a chance to win the pool.
The Bee Jays put it all together on Sunday. Starting pitching, defense, and offense all clicked on Sunday. David Moffat pitched 6 and 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts, one walk, and one earned run. The defense was solid turning a double play and Dane Simon made a leaping catch before slamming into the left field wall. Liberal scored 10 and had 11 hits.
Liberal scored in the first as Simon reached on an error and scored on a Brock Burton single. Jonathan Tapia singled to lead off the third before Simon singled. Burton ripped a two RBI single to right center. Jack Krauel singled home a run for a 4-0 lead. The Cougars made it a 4-2 game with two runs on two hits and an error in the fourth. One run was unearned after Liberal dropped an infield pop up. Liberal quickly went back to work on offense taking a 6-2 lead in the fifth when Tapia launched a triple to right center. Simon scored the run and reached on an error. He scored on a Burton sac fly for Burton’s fourth RBI. Liberal extended the lead to 10-2 with four in the sixth. RJ Pearson singled home a run with a line shot up the middle. Tapia walked a stole a base. Simon walked. Lichty singled them both home. The BJ’s almost run ruled the Cougars but the first Denver hitter reached in the seventh on an error. They scored two to make it 10-4. Hayden Udall worked 1 and 2/3 scoreless for the Bee Jays. Corey Steward worked a scoreless ninth.
Liberal is 25-18 and Denver is 22-27. Liberal plays the San Antonio Angels Tuesday on 1270 and kscbnews.net.