In four games between Wellington and Liberal, the game has been decided by one run in each game. Friday night was no exception as the Heat beat the Bee Jays 4-3 at Brent Gould Field.
The Jayhawk League champion Heat scored a run in the second against BJ starter Chad Nack. Liberal tied the game in the sixth as Zach Reding hit a towering homer over the center field wall to tie the game in the sixth. The Heat answered with three runs on three hits in the seventh to lead 4-1. Only one run was earned as the Bee Jays committed two errors. Reding launched his second homer of the night to right after a Robert Dugger triple to bring the Bee Jays within one at 4-3. But that was the final score at Wellington out-hit Liberal 11-8 and the BJ's had four errors.
Chad Nack pitched 6.1 innings allowing two earned runs in the loss. Nathan Smythe went 2.2 scoreless innings. Reding was 2-4 with two homers to give him a team leading six on the season. Mike Rampone was 2-4 and Robert Dugger was 2-3.
Liberal is 18-18 and 12-18 in the Jayhawk while Wellington is 33-6 and 24-4.
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In the league Friday, Hays swept Derby in Hays 7-6 and 10-3. El Dorado won at Dodge City 8-3.
El Dorado 11-18
Dodge City 8-20