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NBC World Series: Liberal hits on all cylinders in win over Austin

Give Edwin Arroyo a globe to spin around and he admits he would have a better chance at finding Elgin, Okla.

Arroyo isn't sure about where most of his teammates hail from, including his teammate Kelby Tomlinson's Oklahoman birthplace. It's proof of the diversity on the roster for the BeeJays, which includes players from 13 different states, from California to New York, and Arroyo, who hails from Puerto Rico.

It proved to be just the right mix Sunday night when the BeeJays discarded the Austin (Texas) Gold Sox 8-1 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in the opening round of the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Liberal advances in the winner's bracket and will play on Thursday.

"They've really come together this summer," Liberal coach John Martin said. "They all like each other and they all have fun. I think that's why we're doing so well is because they have really bonded together and become a family."

Hosting so many unique personalities and backgrounds could be hard to manage, but Martin said the team has done all the bonding on its own.

"We've just got a lot of good guys," pitcher Paul Gonzalez said. "It's really easy when everybody's on the same page. We have a bunch of different personalities and we're all over the U.S., but in a way we're all the same."

Gonzalez provided a solid, seven-inning outing for the BeeJays, in which he allowed one run, eight hits, walked none and struck out five.

"The key was just getting that first-pitch strike," Gonzalez said. "Tonight I did that. All I really was throwing was fastball and my cutter. It worked well for me tonight."

At the plate, Arroyo summed up Liberal's approach in one word: "aggressive."

It wrecked havoc for the Gold Sox, who committed four errors, one passed ball and four wild pitches.

Arroyo was the instigator in many cases, as his speedy presence always had the Austin pitcher side-tracked. Liberal scored four runs in the first inning and led 7-1 after four innings.

"We didn't really do anything special," said Liberal's David Masters. "We were just solid."

The Bee Jays only produced one more hit (9-8) than the Gold Sox, but were able to maximize their opportunities by applying pressure to Austin's defense.

Along with the bundle of errors forced, Liberal was also able to swipe four stolen bases in the game.

"That's just how we like to play — like a fast-break offense," Martin said. "I like it when we can find a way to get to first and then do whatever we can to get to second as fast as possible."

Liberal: ab, r, h, bi; Austin: ab, r, h, bi

Arroyo 2b: 5, 2, 3, 0; Pacheco rf: 3, 0, 0, 0

Tmlinsn ss: 2, 2, 1, 0; Coppens lf: 4, 0, 2, 0

Bergeron 1b: 5, 1, 1, 3; Boothe 1b: 3, 0, 0, 0

Vaskas dh: 4, 2, 2, 0; Bonner 1b: 1, 0, 0, 0

Borden ph: 1, 0, 0, 0; Gonzales dh: 4, 0, 1, 0

Gomez cf: 3, 1, 1, 0; Janda ss: 4, 1, 1, 0

Perez 3b: 4, 0, 0, 0; Lawrence cf: 4, 0, 1, 0

Konnoff rf: 4, 0, 1, 0; Parcus 2b: 4, 0, 0, 0

Masters c: 3, 0, 0, 0; Gipson 3b: 3, 0, 2, 1

Cocking lf: 4, 0, 0, 0; Lightfoot c: 1, 0, 0, 0

Evans c: 2, 0, 1, 0

Totals: 35, 8, 9, 3; Totals: 33, 1, 8, 1

Liberal BeeJays: 401, 200, 100 — 8 Austin Gold Sox010 000 000 — 1

E—Masters, Lightfoot 2, Robertshaw 2. LOB — Liberal 7, Austin 6. 2B — Arroyo (1), Bergeron (1), Vaskas (1). 3B — Gomez (1). SB — Arroyo (1), Tomlinson 2 (2), Bergeron (1), Pacheco (1), Coppens (1).

Liberal: IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO

Gonzalez W,1-0: 7, 8, 1, 1, 0, 5

Youpel: 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0

Cruz: 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Austin: IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO

Robertshaw L,0-1: 3 1/3, 8, 7, 7, 2, 2

Johnson: 3 2/3, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1

Pello: 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2

Roberts: 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

WP — Robertshaw 2, Johnson 2. PB — Lightfoot. HBP — Gomez (by Johnson). T — 2:03.

Valley Center 2, Denver 0

Denver: ab, r, h, bi; Valley Center: ab, r, h, bi

Guyer cf: 4, 0, 1, 0; Ross ss: 4, 1, 0, 0

Jacbs 3b-ss: 4, 0, 1, 0; Dyvig 2b: 4, 0, 2, 0

Splchl 1b-3b: 4, 0, 0, 0; Harris rf: 3, 1, 0, 0

Griffin dh-lf: 4, 0, 2, 0; Hutton: 2, 0, 0, 1

Byrd rf: 4, 0, 1, 0; Morgan 1b: 3, 0, 0, 0

McCabe lf: 1, 0, 0, 0; Slauter c: 3, 0, 0, 0

Graff ph: 1, 0, 1, 0; Marasco 3b: 3, 0, 0, 0

Barban 2b: 3, 0, 0, 0; Murphy lf: 3, 0, 0, 0

Schlthies 1b: 3, 0, 0, 0; Hall cf: 2, 0, 0, 0

Keelan ss: 0, 0, 0, 0

Jacobsen c: 2, 0, 0, 0

Davis c: 1, 0, 0, 0

Totals: 31, 0, 6, 0; Totals: 27, 2, 2, 1

Denver Bombers000 000 000 — 0 V. Center Diamond Dawgs100 001 00x — 2

E — Jacobsen, Cleveland. LOB — Denver 5, Valley Center 4. sB — Guyer (1), Ross (1), Dyvig (1), Harris (1), Hall (1).

Denver: IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO

Cleveland L,0-1: 5 1/3, 2, 2, 1, 3, 4

Dando: 2 2/3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1

Valley Center: IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO

Wingo W,1-0: 9, 6, 0, 0, 0, 7

WP — Cleveland. HBP — McCabe (by Wingo). T — 1:44.

Play Ball (Colo.) 120 003 000 — 6 11 1 Team Tulsa100 100 110 — 4 9 1

Fox, Corrick (4) and Wollenzin; Martzall, Compton (5), Fancher (6), Mason (6), Lambert (8) and Moody. W — Corrick (1-0). L — Martzall (0-1).

Haysville 8, Nevada 3 — Kyle Cremers pitched a four-hitter for seven innings, and Ben Harty homered for Haysville late Saturday.

Haysville got 15 hits and put the game away with three-run innings in the fourth and fifth.

Brock Green went 2 for 2 and drove in two runs for the Heat.

Nevada: ab, r, h, bi; Haysville: ab, r, h, bi

Caldwell cf: 5, 1, 1, 0; Miller cf: 4, 1, 1, 0

Melecio lf: 5, 0, 0, 0; Shaver rf: 5, 0, 2, 0

Carter 3b: 3, 2, 1, 1; Pfister 3b: 5, 1, 2, 1

Sartin dh: 4, 0, 1, 0; Stroud 1b: 5, 1, 1, 0

Quinn 2b: 4, 0, 1, 1; Harty c: 3, 2, 2, 1

Hoover 1b: 4, 0, 1, 1; Owens lf: 4, 2, 2, 1

Deao rf: 4, 0, 1, 0; Green dh: 2, 1, 2, 1

Stiner ss: 2, 0, 0, 0; McKeever dh: 2, 0, 1, 1

Selanders c: 4, 0, 2, 0; Kline ss: 4, 0, 1, 1

Kimble 2b: 4, 0, 1, 0

Totals: 35, 3, 8, 3; Totals: 38, 8, 15, 6

Nevada (Mo.) Griffons000 100 020 — 3 Haysville Heat010 331 00x — 8

E — Deao, Parson, Pfister, Harty. LOB — Nevada 8, Haysville 8. 2B — Selanders (1), Shaver (1), Harty (1), Gren 2 (2), Kline (1), Kimble (1). HR — Harty (1). Sb — Carton (1).

Nevada: IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO

Parson L,0-1: 4, 8, 4, 4, 0, 2

Williford: 1 2/3, 5, 4, 3, 2, 0

Pagno: 2 1/3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 2

Haysville: IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO

Cremers W,1-0: 7, 4, 1, 1, 1, 4

Rizor: 1, 3, 2, 1, 0, 1

Wyatt: 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 3

WP — Rizor. HBP — Carter (by Cremers). T — 2:15. A — 3,488.

Sunday's Results

Play Ball Sports (Colo.) 6,. Team Tulsa Red Rockets 4, Team Tulsa eliminated

Valley Center Diamond Dawgs 2, Denver Bombers 0

Liberal BeeJays 8, Austin Gold Sox 1

Everett (Wash.) Merchants vs. Chillicothe (Mo.) Mudcats

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