Bee Jays Win 9th Straight Over Dodge City
Brock Kappelmann - June 5, 2022 7:47 am
Beating Dodge City has been a challenge throughout the years, especially in the days of the Jayhawk League. But the Liberal Bee Jays have controlled the series is recent years winning nine straight in the series after a 9-2 BJ win at Dodge City’s Cavalier Field Saturday night. Dodge City’s last win against Liberal was July 3 of 2019.
Cooper Hext arrived into Liberal at 12:30am Saturday morning and responded with a towering home run to right center in his first BJ at bat. That was leading off the third. After a HBP and two walks, Tyce Armstrong slapped a two out two RBI single to right for the 3-0 lead in the third. Dodge City scored two in the bottom of the third. One one was unearned after a BJ error. Chance Reisdorph drilled an two out RBI double off the wall in the left in the sixth for a 4-2 lead. Luke Smith tripled in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch for the 5-2 lead. Liberal blew the game wide open in the eighth. Conner Westenburg walked with the bases loaded for the 6-2 lead. Gavin Bryzyowski laced a two RBI double to left center. Keaton Grady hit a sac fly.
Liberal used six pitchers to improve to 2-0. Brett Payne pitched two scoreless innings. Paul Bonzagni pitched 1 and 1/3 allowing one earned run. Jackson Berry went 2 and 2/3 scoreless with four strikeouts. Sean Brady pitched a scoreless seventh. Hunter Estill walked the bases loaded but got out of the inning with a scoreless frame. Luke Barbier struck out the side in the ninth.
Luke Smith was the Epic Touch Player of the Game as he was 2-3 with a triple and also walked twice. Cooper Hext was 2-4. Chance Reisdorph was 2-3 and was hit by a pitch twice.
Liberal out-hit DC 8-7. Both teams made an error.
Liberal is 2-0 overall and in the Rocky Mountain Baseball League and Dodge City is 0-2. Liberal plays against the Colorado Roughriders in Wheat Ridge, Colorado Wednesday at 5:30 CST with pre-game at 5:15 on 1270, 92.3, and the KSCB and The Legend App.