HUTCHINSON, KS – Behind 14 strikeouts from Liberal’s Aaron Funk, the Bee Jays defeated the Houston, TX Express 9-5 on Monday night at Hobart-Detter Field.
Liberal’s Cade Ward led the offensive charge for the Bee Jays, coming up with three hits and five RBIs in all three of his at-bats. Express pitcher Brad Wilcott recorded seven strikeouts in five innings pitched, with Funk only allowing two hits in seven innings pitched.
After getting the go-ahead run in the first inning, Liberal added insurance in the bottom of the fifth inning by getting runs off a fielding error and a home run by Ward. The Bee Jays scored another run in the bottom of the sixth inning off a wild pitch to make their lead 5-0.
The Express looked to claw their way back with four runs in the top of the eighth inning, but Liberal matched Houston with four runs of their own a half-inning later. Houston managed to come up with one more run in the top of the ninth, but the Bee Jays took care of business in the last half-inning to collect the win.
Liberal returns to Hutchinson on Tuesday to face the Hutchinson Monarchs at 6 p.m. The Express will play at Eck Stadium in Wichita on Wednesday, with the opponent and game time to be determined.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Behind shutout pitching from Hayden Arnold and Cory Didier, the Liberal Bee Jays defeated the Hutchinson Monarchs 2-0 on Tuesday at Hobart-Detter Field in the NBC World Series powered by Energy.
Arnold recorded six strikeouts in six innings of work while Didier did not allow a hit in the final three innings of play. Monarchs pitcher Ryan Stuempfig of Wichita State led Hutchinson with three strikeouts in just two innings. Cayde Ward led the Bee Jays offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Following a Ward single in the bottom of the second inning, Tyler Delong came up with a double to right field to put runners in scoring position. Aidan Shepardson drove in the go-ahead run in the next at-bat, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field.
Liberal scored again in the bottom of the fourth inning, driving in a run off a sacrifice fly following two singles.
The Bee Jays will play either Santa Barabara or Denver in the winner’s bracket in Wichita on Thursday. The Monarchs will play the KCCBA All-Stars on Wednesday in Hutchinson at 6 p.m.
WICHITA, Kan. – Santa Barbara, CA Foresters’ pitchers Sean Johnson, Coleman Huntley III, Peyton Pallette and Elijah Trest pitched a no-hitter to help the Foresters to an 8-0 win over the Liberal, KS Bee Jays in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Thursday night at Eck Stadium.
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Johnson (Ole Miss), Huntley III (Point Loma Nazarena), Pallette and Trest (Arkansas) threw the first no-hitter in the NBC World Series since August 14, 2001, when Seth Hill of Prairie Gravel, IL achieved the milestone against Clarinda, IA.
Getting the start and pitching the first six innings, Johnson came up with seven strikeouts and retired all the batters that he faced. Facing only three batters in the top of the seventh inning, Huntley III dominated with three strikeouts to keep the no-hitter alive heading into the eighth inning.
Pallette kept the momentum going with three strikeouts in the eighth inning. Trest came up with a strikeout and retired the other two batters he faced following a walk to give the Foresters the collective no-hitter.
Branden Boissiere led the Foresters on offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Eight different Santa Barbara hitters recorded at least one hit on Thursday.
The Foresters advance in the winner’s bracket, facing the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita. Liberal will have a rematch with the Houston, TX Express on Friday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium.
WICHITA, Kan.- After losing to the Liberal, KS Bee Jays in the opening round of the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy, the Houston, TX Express got its revenge on Friday night at Eck Stadium with a 5-4 victory.
Julian Garcia led the Express on the mound with seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched and Tanner King led the Bee Jays with seven strikeouts in the final four innings. Myles Jefferson guided the Express on offense with a 2-for-3 outing at the plate with an RBI while Kade Brewer and Nate White led the Bee Jays’ offense with two hits each.
The Express got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs off a double by DeVaughn Gales. Gales scored later in the inning following a stolen base and an RBI single, giving the Express a 3-0 lead.
Liberal responded in the top of the fifth inning, with Kade Brewer coming up with an RBI double and Bryce Donovan bringing in the second run with a single to cut the Bee Jays’ deficit to one. Two consecutive hits to start the bottom of the fifth inning allowed the Express to score another run off a single, extending their lead 5-2 following a fielding error.
A walk and a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning allowed the Bee Jays to stay alive with a run following an RBI single, later cutting the deficit to one run after a sacrifice fly to left field. The Bee Jays managed to get two runners in scoring position with two outs, but pitcher Brad Wilcott forced a 6-3 putout to secure the win for the Express.
The Express advance in the loser’s bracket and will play the winner between the Hays, KS Larks and the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Eck Stadium in Wichita.