By Rustin Watt
• Leader & Times
Wednesday night the Liberal Bulldogs traveled to Woodward for a double header with the Travelers. The Bulldogs spllit with the Travelers falling in Game 1 7-1 before coming back to take Game 2 12-7.
Liberal struggled at the plate in Game 1 only recording four hits to the Travelers 11. The Bulldogs lacked a timely hit striking out 10 times in the contest and stranding seven runners on base.
Game 2 was a complete turnaround for the Bulldogs. Catcher Jose Pando led off the third innning with a home run, and Liberal never looked back.
Ty Herman came off the bench after getting hit below the eye on a pick-off attempt in Game 1 to pick up the win on the hill with the Bulldogs putting up 10 hits to win 12-7 and split the twinbill.
Friday night the Bulldogs traveled to Dodge City for another double header with the Rangers.
Bulldog Pitcher Travis Leverett went the distance in Game 1 only allowing three hits and no walks in a 5-3 win. In the top of the seventh Liberal trailed 3-2 but scored three runs off three hits in the inning before Leverett shut the door in the bottom half.
Liberal had trouble on the mound in Game 2. Dodge went through the line-up in the first and sent eight batters to the plate in the second scoring six runs.
Lane Miller came in releif in the second and from there he went the distance, giving up only two hits and walking one.
Three double plays didn’t allow Liberal to get rallies going and despite both teams having four hits. The lack of timely hitting and early struggles led to a 6-2 Bulldog loss to split the double header.
The Bulldogs moved to 16-7 on the summer and hosted Guymon late Saturday. Liberal will face Minneola at the Liberal Baseball Complex Monday.