Jared Moore deals a pitch in the Bee Jays final game of the season as Liberal fell 4-2 to the Nevada Griffins Wednesday night at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in WichitaL&T photo/Earl Watt
By EARL WATT
Leader & Times
Two early opportunities escaped the Liberal Bee Jays in the first and second innings against the Nevada Griffons at the NBC World Series, and with it their season came to an end in a 4-2 loss.
Liberal's Addie Arroyo and Ryan Walker led off the game by getting on base, but JT Bean, Blake Bergeron and Miles Silverstein failed to score either of them.
In the seocnd inning, Toby Semler and Micah Green found their way on base, but again the Bee Jays failed to score either of them, and those four stranded runners would prove to be costly.
Nevada scored in the bottom of the second when a bloop single turned into a two-base hit when second baseman Arroyo fielded the ball in shallow center, but no one covered second. Arroyo soft-tossed the ball toward the base, but four Bee Jays failed to field it as it slowly rolled home, and Nevada 's runner evnetually scored when Bergeron fired a ball over first base later in the inning.
Liberal took the lead in the fourth when Green hit a sacrifice fly to score Silverstein and Dean Friedberg followed with an RBI double to give the Bee Jays a 2-1 lead.
Nevada tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and scored two more in the fifth after a ball rolled between Arroyo's legs and a short bloop over Arroyo;s head landed in shallow center.
Nevada took a 4-2 lead.
And that was it for the scoring.
Only three Bee Jay batters came up in the final four innings in the loss.
The Bee Jays finished seventh in the nation, finishing a four-year string that has seen a fourth, third, first and seventh.
Arroyo, who returned after a fractured jaw midway through the season, contributed the loss to missed opportunities in the field and at the plate.
"We missed some clutch hitting," he said. "We didn't make plays in the field. That was the game."