Strong Start Lifts Bee Jays Past Capahas and into Championship Week
Brock Kappelmann - August 5, 2016 7:12 am
Liberal scored four in the first and never trailed on their way to a 7-3 win over the Cape Girardeau Capahas Thursday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. The win was part of the NBC’s “Win and In” round finishing off the first week. The Bee Jays make Championship Week for a second consecutive season.
The Capahas helped the BJ cause in the first committing three errors. Liberal only had two hit but the RBI triple by Cale O’Donnell and RBI double by Blake Brewster were both productive. Cape Girardeau bounced back in the second with two runs against starter Blake Goldsberry. Birthday boy Jaron Robinson tripled to right center in the fourth and Kendall Radcliffe drove him home with a ground out to make it 5-2. Liberal tacked on two in the fifth. O’Donnell doubled to lead off the inning before a Brady Cox single. Cody Bogart reached on a fielder’s choice to drive home a run. Robinson singled home a run. Robinson was 3-4 with a triple and an RBI on his 19th birthday.
Blake Goldsberry improved to 4-2 gathering his second win of the NBC. He pitched six innings allowing three runs. Garret Smith went 1/3 before Jakob Hernandez pitched 1 and 2/3 and Lee Busto pitched the ninth.
Liberal plays the NJCAA All Stars in a brand new pool Saturday at 4:30 with the Dugout Show at 4:15 on 1270 and kscbnews.net. Monday Liberal plays the Kansas Stars made up of former MLB players including former Bee Jay Koyie Hill. Wednesday Liberal plays Sterling, Colorado at 2. The top two teams from the four pools advance to a single elimination quarterfinal Thursday with semifinals Friday and championship Saturday.