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Great Bend Dominates Opener

Brock Kappelmann - June 12, 2020 6:43 am

It was a beautiful scene.  A baseball game with a big crowd on a warm summer night.  The grill produced a savory aroma of hot dogs and hamburgers.  Friends and neighbors came back together for an experience which won’t soon be taken for granted again.  That was the big story.
As for the game, it was all Great Bend Bat Cats 9-2 over the Liberal Bee Jays in the opener at Burns Field in Great Bend.  It was a typical opener. It lacked flow. There were many pitching changes and both teams had two errors.  But the Bat Cats were decisively Agra’s of the BJ’s on opening night as Liberal began their 66th summer of baseball.
Great Bend pleased the home crowd with runs in each of the first five innings.  They scored two in the first and second.  The Bat Cats added single runs in the third and fourth before plating two in the fifth for an 8-0 lead.  Liberal finally scored eighth when Wyatt Grant lined a single to right center to score Caeden Trenkle.  Aidan Shepardson doubled to the fence in left to lead off the ninth and scored when Trenkle walked with the bases loaded.
The Bat Cats out hit the BJ’s 10-8.
Cory Didier was solid in the mound in relief.  The Seward lefty pitched 3 and 1/3 with six strikeouts and one walk.
The same two teams get together Friday night at 7 in Great Bend with the Dugout Show at 6:45 on 1270 and



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