Edwin Arroyo slides safely into second base and takes it with him Sunday during a game against the Denver Lynx. Liberal continued to pour out runs in the young season, outscoring Denver 19-5 in a run-rule shortened game. L&T photo/Rustin Watt
By RUSTIN WATT
• Leader & Times
For the first time this season it looked as though the Bee Jays may be tested Sunday night against the Colorado Lynx.
Garrison McLagan took a Patrick Shreve pitch and sent it out of Brent Gould Field at straight away center for 2 RBIs, and Liberal trailed for the first time this season, 2-0.
The “Liberal getting tested” theory left very soon as the Bee Jay bats put up 11 runs on six hits, and it was typical Bee Jays baseball en route to another blowout in a 19-5 bruising.
“I thought that was the best pitching we’ve seen all year, so far,” Liberal head coach Mike Silva said. “They had some guys that could really pitch, we have a potent offense though. When the guys at the top are getting it done, when (Edwin) Arroyo’s getting on all the time and Tomlinson hitting the way he’s hitting and the big guys in the middle, you can’t really afford to give us freebies. They put some guys on, and that helped us score some runs. That along with the pitching performance we got from Patrick(Shreve). We had a handle on this one pretty early.”
Liberal struck quick in the first as second basemen Edwin Arroyo singled before being knocked in by Kelby Tomlinson with an RBI triple. A passed ball scored Tomlinson when Blake Bergeron stepped in. Bergeron struck out, and struggled through the night offensively. But Bergeron’s Liberal teammates loaded the bases, and Toby Semler hit a two-RBI single. Reyn Nagamine singled to right field knocking in a run before catcher Greg McCall also ripped one to right field for a two-RBI single. Control issues on the hill haunted the Lynx as passed balls and walks put Bee Jays on base and eventually scored runs for Liberal. The scoreboard operator struggled to find a way to put all 11 first inning runs up on the board.
Shreve gave up two in the first but made quick work of the Lynx in the second striking out the side.
Reagan Pearson drove a hit past a diving Lynx first basemen to score McCall and take a 10-run lead in the third, 12-2.
The Lynx loaded the bases in the fourth but Shreve and the Bee Jays defense only allowed one run in the jam.
Arroyo led off the fourth with a casual single before Tomlinson stroked a hit off the center-field fence for an RBI double. Nagamine knocked in another run with a single before Semler knocked in two with a single to put Liberal up 16-3.
One run was added in the fifth off a Lynx error. The Bee Jays held the Lynx in the sixth as Liberal tacked on two more off of a two-run blast by Tomlinson. The run-rule was called in the seventh as the Lynx scraped two runs across before a tremendous play deep in the hole by shortstop Tomlinson led to an out, and a routine grounder to Arroyo ended the night.
Tomlinson led the offense for Liberal with RBIs off of three hits. Tomlinson was a single short of hitting the cycle.
“His offense is awesome,” Silva said. “But his defense has been so good. That play he made up in the hole, the type of player he is, he’s a special player. You don’t get an opportunity to coach those guys very much. He’s such a great team guy, and you can’t say enough about him. I mean the people here obviously love him, he played at Seward and played here last year as part of the national championship team. He just makes us better being a part of the ball club. We’re happy to have him here.”
Liberal also dominated the Colorado Bombers 16-5 Saturday. The Bee Jays have shot out to a 5-0 start on the 2011 season and still have players coming.
Liberal will play the Lynx tonight at Brent Gould Field at 7 p.m. Admission is free courtesy Windtree Management.
Kelby Tomlinson hits a double Sunday night against the Denver Lynx. Tomlinson hit a home run, a triple, a double and was walked in a 19-5 rout the kept the Bee Jays perfect at 5-0. L&T photo/Rustin Watt