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Valley Center Walks Off Bee Jays

Brock Kappelmann - July 8, 2021 6:43 am

The Liberal Bee Jays list Wednesday night for the first time in two weeks.  Liberal rallied from down 6-2 to lead 8-6 going to the bottom of the ninth, only to watch the Valley Center Mud Daubers score three in the bottom of the ninth and win the game on a walk off walk 9-8.
Valley Center scored a run in the first when Liberal dropped a fly ball in right field.  The Bee Jays had first and second and no outs in the first and bases loaded and one out in the second but didn’t score.  The BJ’s tied the game in the third.  The Bee Jus again placed their first two men on base as Wyatt Grant doubled to left center and Scott Anderson walked.  But it took a clutch two out single from Tyler Boggs to score and tie the game at 1-1.  Liberal took a 2-1 lead with a run in the fifth.  With two outs, Blaine Thomas and Ryan Proctor singled.  Tyler Boggs dropped another single to right to score a run.  The BJ’s struggled on the mound in the fifth walking three, beaning one, and allowing a homer as the Mud Daubers scored five to lead 6-2.  Liberal came right back with two in the seventh.  With two outs, Blaine Thomas singled and Ryan Proctor reached on an error to score Thomas on a towering fly ball misjudged in right.  Quintt Landis came into the game and singled home Proctor to make it 6-4.  The Bee Jays were down by that score with nobody on and one out in the ninth before mounting a rally. Scott Anderson singled and Blaine Thomas lashed a triple to right center to bring him home.  Ryan Proctor blooped a single through the drawn in infield to tie the game. Quintt Landis doubled to right for the 7-6 lead and then advanced to third on an error.  Cason Gregory singled him home for the 8-6 lead. But the Bee Jays walked three and allowed three hits in the bottom of the ninth as the Mud Daubers won the game on a bases loaded walk.
The loss spoiled a sterling start on the mound by Jack Hogan.  He pitched five innings and struck out 10. He allowed an unearned run.  The BJ bullpen had a rare bad game.  Liberal out hit Valley Center 14-6 but committed three errors to Valley Center’s two.  The BJ’s walked nine Mud Daubers while the Bee Jays walked twice.
Call Center snaps Liberal’s six game win streak.  The Bee Jays are 17-3 overall and 12-1 in the Jayhawk Division of the Kansas Collegiate League.  The Daubers are 15-12 overall and 7-6 in the division.  Liberal plays a non league game against old Jayhawk Lesgue foe the Derby Twins Thursday night at 5.  The next radio broadcast is the next division game Monday night with Dodge City.


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