by RUSTIN WATT
• Leader & Times
The Bee Jays couldn’t have asked for a better start to the NBC World Series. Liberal defeated Play Ball Sports, Colo. 8-0 in eight innings Tuesday in Wichita.
In Saturday’s opener, Liberal defeated Tulsa 15-0 in five innings. In just 13 total innings, the Bee Jays have outscored their opponents 23-0 thus far.
The bats were big in Liberal’s second round win. The Bee Jays put up 14 hits in the eight innings.
Blake Bergeron knocked in lead-off man Eddie Arroyo in the first inning for an early 1-0 lead off of a sacrifice fly to left.
J.T. Bean added three in the third with a single to center that scored Arroyo, Ryan Walker, and Bergeron.
In the sixth Liberal scored again off a Bergeron single that allowed Arroyo to cross the plate and take a 5-0 lead.
Patrick Shreve had a strong start on the mound and came out after 6 2/3 innings. Shreve had nine strikeouts and only one walk on the night. Shreve went three-up-three-down the first five innings retiring 15 consecutive Play Ball Sports batters.
In the seventh, Play Ball loaded the bases on Shreve and Brent Harrison came in relief.
Harrison escaped the two-out bases loaded jam and finished the eighth.
Liberal scored three in the bottom of the inning. A Bean single scored Walker. Nagamine then ripped a double to score Bergeron and Bean. The game was called by run-rule with Liberal winning 8-0.
Bean led the ofense for the Bee Jays with a 3-5 performance and three RBIs. Bergeron and Nagamine had two RBIs apiece.
Play Ball Sports made their way to the losers side and are an impressive 49-18 on the season. They made their way to the NBC by winning the 19 and under NBC championship in Topeka.
Liberal will be off until Saturday and will play the winner of the St. Joseph Mustangs and the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs.