By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Players may spend one or two summers in the same town during Jayhawk League play, and yet home field still matters.
Liberal at Derby proved that Friday when the Bee Jays suffered their first loss of the season 6-2 despite taking a 2-0 lead.
The Bee Jays had a golden opportunity to build a lead in the fifth with the bases loaded and one out, but the Bee Jays only managed one run that was aided by a Derby error.
Liberal added another run in the sixth off another Derby error to take a 2-0 lead.
Derby put together three runs in the sixth inning that chased JB Olson off the mound, and the Bee Jays trailed 3-2.
After playing four consecutive error-free games, it was an error in the sixth that allowed Derby to have the big inning.
Liberal had a runner on third in the seventh with one out but could not tie the game.
The Twins rattled the Bee Jay bullpen in the eighth by adding three insurance runs, and the Bee Jays didn’t respond in the ninth in the 6-2 loss.
For the third straight game, the Bee Jays were outhit, 9-7, and the Twins committed three errors to two for Liberal, but the Bee Jays couldn’t take advantage and scored their lowest point total of the season.
The three-game series continued Saturday and will conclude today. The Bee Jays (1-1, 5-1) will travel to Hays for a midweek series Wednesday and Thursday..