By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Four Bee Jay errors helped Wellington overcome two home runs from Zach Reding, and the Bee Jays dropped the Jayhawk League game, 4-3.
Four was not a lucky number for the Bee Jays. Not only did they lose by giving up four runs and committed four errors, but it was the fourth game between the Bee Jays and Heat that was decided by one run, and Wellington has won three of them.
Chad Nack had a strong outing on the mound, and despite a 1-0 lead for the Heat in the second, Reding tied the game in the sixth with a blast over the center field fence.
But errors in the top of the seventh allowed Wellington to score three times with only one of those earned, and the Bee Jays trailed 4-1.
Robert Dugger hit a triple in the eighth, and Reding sent his second ball over the fence to narrow the gap to 4-3.
But the Bee Jays went down in order in the ninth for the loss.
The loss allowed El Dorado to make up a game against the Bee Jays. The Broncos knocked off Dodge City 8-2.
Liberal has a half-game lead over El Dorado for the last spot to qualify for the NBC World Series.
Since Wellington finished second at last year’s World Series, the Jayhawk League has the eligible positions not including the Heat. The Bee Jays are currently holding that fourth qualifying position by a half game and will face the first Heat Saturday and Sunday while the Broncos play the last-place Dodge City A’s.