Ward’s Blast Lifts Liberal Late
Brock Kappelmann - July 22, 2021 6:43 am
After falling behind 9-4 after three, the Liberal Bee Jays rallied to stun the Wellington Heat 11-9 in ten innings Wednesday night at Hobbs-Hooten Field in Wellington. Cayde Ward hit a two run home run in the tenth to break a 9-9 tie.
The Bee Jays scored three in the first. KP Werner singled and AJ Folds reached on an error. Cayde Ward hit a sac fly to center. Scott Anderson doubled down the right field line. Reed Thomas’s line drive up the middle scored two. Wellington scored one in the first after Liberal misplayed a ball in left into a triple. Wellington scored five in the second on four hits and two errors. The Bee Jays scored a run in the third to make it 6-4. Cayde Ward walked before Scott Anderson and Reed Thomas singled to load the bases with no outs. Aidan Shepardson hit a sac fly. The Heat plated three more in the third to lead 9-4. They had two hits and the BJ’s walked three in the inning. Liberal scored three in the fifth to pull within 9-7. Cayde Ward walked. Scott Anderson singled. With one out Aidan Shepardson walked to load the bases. Tyler Boggs hit a sac fly to right to score Ward. Jack Malone walked to load the bases again. Cason Gregory and KP Werner provided infield RBI hits to make it 9-7. Neither team scored until the ninth. Scott Anderson and Reed Thomas singled to lead off the inning. Anderson scored on a wild pitch. Wyatt Grant’s ground out scored Thomas to tie the game. In the tenth, AJ Folds singled and Cayde Ward hit a towering home run over the left field wall. It’s his eighth of the season.
Cole Hillier is the reason the Bee Jays had a chance to come back last night. Hillier worked six shut out innings in relief with 13 strikeouts and no walks. Scott Anderson was 4-5. Reed Thomas was 4-6. Liberal out hit Wellington 14-10 and won despite three errors.
Liberal is 25-6 and 24-5 in KCLB games. Wellington is 18-18 and 15-17 in the Kansas Collegiate League.
The same two teams play Thursday night at 7 in Wellington. Dugout Show at 6:45 on 1270 and kscbnews.net.