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Liberal’s Trent Maloney takes a swing at a pitch against Derby earlier this season. Maloney was one of three Bee Jays to hit home runs Tuesday against Haysville in a 21-6 Liberal win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

3 Bee Jays hit home runs in win

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

For the first time in four games, the Liberal Bee Jays did not score a run in the first inning Tuesday night in Haysville.

No problem. The Bee Jays scored 21 in the next eight innings, and a solid start by Cole Jenkins led to a 21-6 road win over the Haysville Aviators to keep Liberal in first place in the Jayhawk League.

Liberal pounded out 27 hits in the lopsided win, and the only blemish was giving up five runs in the eighth inning when Jenkins came off the mound after seven solid innings.

And, it could have been worse for the Aviators. Despite scoring 21 runs, the Bee Jays left 12 men on base.

Cale O’Donnell continued to have an All-American start to his summer with a four-hit night that included scoring four times, three RBIs and two doubles.

O’Donnell had company Tuesday with several Bee Jays having big nights at the plate.

Chad Kennedy, Austin Ott and Trent Maloney all had home runs in the blowout win, and while O’Donnell had two doubles, Colton Onstott had three.

Maloney, Zac Cook and Lowell Schipper also had doubles, and Jaron Robinson added a triple.

As a team, the Bee Jays hit for the cycle in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead when Robinson led off with a triple and Maloney followed with a double to score Robinson.

Maloney was caught stealing, and a pitch later Ott homered to give the Bee Jays a 2-0 lead.

Haysville cut the lead to 2-1 in the third with a pair of singles against Jenkins, but five singles, a walk and a home run allowed the Bee Jays to score six runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead.

Liberal added to the lead in the fifth when Nate Crossman walked with one out and Cook followed with a double to put both runners on second and third.

With two outs, Garrett Scott singled to score Crossman and Cook, and a double from Onstott pushed Scott across the plate, and the Bee Jays had an 11-1 lead.

Jenkins continued to prevent any threats from the Aviator batters, and the Bee Jays added to their lead in the seventh.

Chad Kennedy led off the inning with a single, and O’Donnell added a one-out single.

With two outs, Onstott added another double to score Kennedy and move O’Donnell to third.

Brenon Rhodes got his shot at the plate as a pinch hitter, and he sent a line drive to left field for a single that allowed O’Donnell and Onstott to score, and the Bee Jays had a 14-1 lead.

Haysville attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, but Jenkins was able to get a double play, and a fly-out ended the inning without giving up a run.

Haysville pitching continued to struggle in the eighth by walking James Hardeberger in his first Bee Jay at-bat and then walking Cris Castillo.

Kennedy followed with a home run to score three more runs, and later in the inning, O’Donnell doubled followed by a double from Schipper to score O’Donnell, and the Bee Jays had an 18-1 lead.

Tyler Tognarine came on in relief of Jenkins, and he had a rough inning. Tognarine hit the first batter he faced followed by two singles and two walks that allowed the Aviators to score two runs.

Back-to-back groundouts still pushed two more runs across the plate, and an error by O’Donnell allowed another Aviator to score before a groundout to Tognarine ended the inning after five Aviators crossed the plate and cut the Bee Jay lead to 18-6.

The Bee Jays continued to pelt the Aviator pitchers in the ninth, using a walk, two singles and to doubles to push three more runners across the plate to give Liberal a 21-6 lead.

Caleb Ward relieved Tognarine to start the ninth for the Bee Jays, and after a fly-out, Ward struck out the final two Aviators for the win.

The big offensive night lifted the Bee Jays to 6-3 on the season and kept the Bee Jays tied with Dodge City at the top of the Jayhawk League.

Liberal and Haysville will face off in Game 2 of the series tonight.

 

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