Ty Herman takes a swing in the seocnd game of a double header against Woodward Wednesday at the Liberal Baseball Complex. Herman pitched the Game 1 and threw only 67 pitches in seven innings for a 7-2 victory. L&T photo/Rustin Watt
By RUSTIN WATT
• Leader & Times
The Liberal Bulldogs moved to 6-3 following a double-header sweep of Woodward at the Liberal Baseball Complex. Liberal took the first game 7-2, and went into the bottom of the fifth in the second game up one, 4-3, before putting up nine runs and ending it on run-rule, 13-3.
The first game was led by a stellar performance on the hill by Moscow’s Ty Herman only allowing Woodward two runs in the fourth inning. The Liberal bats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first before tacking on two in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the first game, 7-2.
“We got off to a good start,” Liberal head coach Eric Olmstead said. “We got a couple hits and a walk, and plated runs when we had to. Ty Herman was cruising along. He only threw 67 pitches in seven innings. He was getting a lot of one-pitch outs and we played solid defense behind him.”
The Bulldogs held a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth. The Woodward lead-off reached base on a walk before a roller to first was bobbled allowing the runner on second to score. A walk and a passed ball put Woodward runners at second and third. Those runs scored on a groundout to first and a sacrifice fly to center, to end the inning with Woodward trailing by one, 4-3.
Only four Bulldogs came to the plate in the fourth and were held scoreless before Liberal was able to get out of a jam in the fifth leaving two Woodward runners stranded.
Liberal took control leading off the fifth inning with a double to shallow right field before a grounder to shortstop was bobbled to put runners on the corners. That’s when the small ball began. The next two Liberal batters laid down bunts scoring a run and loading the bases.
A two-RBI single to left made it 7-3, and ended the Woodward starter’s day. Two singles tacked on two more runs before another bunt allowed a runner to reach on an error to reload the bases. Brandon Granger slapped one past a diving second baseman who fumbled the relay allowing Granger to reach second with another runner on third making it 11-3 with the two winning runs on base. Two strikeouts ensued before a drive to left center sealed the deal, 13-3.
“Travis threw well,” Olmstead said. “We got a little stagnant in the middle innings, so we started playing a little small ball there in the fifth and just exploded into a nine-run inning.”
The Bulldogs will be off until Sunday and will take on Perryton at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Bulldogs came off a split with Garden City Monday and were swept Tuesday by Guymon after carrying an 8-2 lead into the fifth in one game and lost on a walk off 10-9 with 10 errors on the night. The Woodward sweep Wednesday lifted the Bulldogs to 6-3.
Brandon Granger heads to third base after Woodward mishandled the throw to second on a steal. The Bulldogs won the game 13-3 to sweep the double header after winning Game 1 7-2. L&T photo/Rustin Watt
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