Summer baseball’s major league flexes muscle in first week PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:50

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

By the end of the season, several Jayhawk League teams will have multiple losses, but that’s only because they have to play each other so many times.

Outside the Jayhawk League, the teams have dominated in the first week of summer baseball.

While local fans may be impressed with Liberal’s 4-0 start, no team in the Jayhawk League has yet to suffer a loss.

The six teams are a combined 18-0.

The closest game of the season came when Hays needed 11 innings to knock of the Colorado Sox 4-3.

After the Bee Jays dominated the Albuquerque Diablos four games straight, the Diablos were pelted by Dodge City Tuesday, 20-1.

The strength of the Jayhawk League has been well known for decades, and the ability of the teams to recruit some of the best collegiate talent to Kansas for the summer league does not come without controversy by the end of the season.

Not every Jayhawk League team will be invited to the National Baseball Congress World Series because someone will have to finish out of the top three league spots.

But the Jayhawk League could easily make a case with its non-conference schedule that most or all of its teams would be top two or three finishers in almost any other league.

Wellington, for example, finished second in the Jayhawk League last year and was the runner up at the NBC World Series.

A Jayhawk League team has qualified for the championship game three of the last six years.

And the start of the 2014 season has so far indicated that top to bottom, the Jayhawk League is once again a collection of some of the most competitive players.

Tonight, however, will begin the separation of the best of the best when league play begins. Hays will face Dodge City tonight, and Derby travels to El Dorado to face the Broncos. Two undefeated teams won’t be after tonight.

 

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