By Rustin Watt
When Liberal takes on Garden City, it’s usually a tight game. Monday night was a different story as the Bulldogs trampled the Blues 18-2 in five innings.
“I thought we swung the bats well and hit the ball hard,” Bulldog head coach Eric Olmstead said. “It’s usually a tight game with Garden, they just didn’t play with intensity. We did at a high level.”
Liberal wasted no time in putting runs on the board and scored four in the first inning. Chris “Turtle” Flowers hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Granger and Chuy Torres each got an RBI in the inning as Liberal jumped ahead 4-0.
“I had a few at-bats without a hit,” Flowers said. “Then I went one-for-four against Ulysses and two-for-three today with a homer. It just felt good to get a hold of one and hit the ball and have the at bats I know I’m capable of having.”
In the second, pitcher Tyson Deaton allowed two runs as he walked in two Blues runners but was on point after that and didn’t allow another run.
“Tyson settled in,” Olmstead said. “He threw 79 pitches through four innings, that was enough for tonight. He had trouble early but found his command later and settled in real well.”
Liberal put up eight runs in the second, cycling the line-up and then some. All the runs came with two outs. The Bulldogs had a 12-2 lead after the second.
Two more Bulldogs scored in the third off a passed ball and a sacrifice to take a 14-2 lead.
Deaton shut out the Blues on the mound for the third inning, and the Bulldogs kept their sticks going with aggressive approaches to score four runs in the fourth for an 18-2 lead.
Flowers came in to close for Deaton in the fifth and finished with three up, three down to earn a run-rule win.
“This felt good,” Flowers said. “We’ve had close ones with Garden and this was just nice, to come in and dominate, and finish the game.”
The Bulldogs will hit the home field again at 7 p.m. Wednesday to take on Guymon and then travel to Hooker Thursday to make up a game.
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