In their final home games of the regular season, Great Bend High School’s baseball team split a doubleheader against Liberal on Tuesday night at the Great Bend Sports Complex.
The Panthers fell 7-4 in the lidlifter before rebounding to take the second game 2-1.
“First game, I thought we weren’t really locked in mentally,” GBHS head coach Randy Beck said. “Things that we’ve been doing at the plate all season just weren’t quite there. I think that was the difference in the game.
“We were two evenly matched teams. (In the second game), I thought again the difference was at the plate. I felt like we had better at-bats in Game 2 then we did in Game 1.”
The Panthers improve to 4-2 on the season and 2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference. They travel to Hoisington on Thursday for a doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m.
Liberal jumped on Panthers starting pitcher Tristan Hall early on as a four-run second inning forced Great Bend to play from behind throughout most of the game.
The Redskins added another run in the top of the third to make it 5-0 before Great Bend got on the scoreboard.
“That’s one thing that we’ve done a couple times this season is we’ve allowed teams a big inning,” Randy Beck said. “It’s pretty hard to come back when you’re allowing four- or six-spot for them.
Bryce Beck drilled a double, plating Logan Zecha in the bottom of the third to break the shutout.
Great Bend’s Jared Maneth scored on a Trey Hillman single in the fourth, Tristan Hall scored when Maneth hit into a fielder’s choice and Bryce Beck crossed the plate on a Shade Wondra single.
However, Liberal was able to pick up a run in the fifth and sixth innings as the Panthers’ rally fell short.
Bryce Beck took the mound in the second game and he, along with the Great Bend defense, kept Liberal to one run.
The defense showed early, as Bryce Beck induced a ground ball for a double play after allowing the lead-off hitter on base with a hit.
All of the scoring for both teams occurred in the third inning.
“It was kind of damage control there a few times,” Randy Beck said. “Bryce gave up a few hits, but pitched out of a few jams and defensively, we made a few really nice plays to help him out.
“He threw pretty well, holding them to one run and things worked out for the better for us.”
Liberal’s Tim Fitzgerald hit a double to lead off things and was later driven in as the Redskins’ only run.
Hillman opened the bottom half of the inning with a single, but Logan Zecha hit into a fielder’s choice, leaving Hillman out at second base.
Zecha stole second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly from Bryce Beck before scoring on a Brady Michel single.
Wondra brought Michel around to score with a single.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Western Athletic Conference
At Great Bend
Great Bend Sports Complex
Liberal 7, Great Bend 4
123 456 7 R H E
Liberal 041 011 0 — 7 8 1
Great Bend 001 101 1 — 4 7 3
Collin Ware & Angel Archuleta. Tristan Hall & Anson Hall. 2B — Liberal (Jared Hasik); Great Bend (Bryce Beck, Dillon Reiser).
Great Bend 2, Liberal 1
123 456 7 R H E
Liberal 001 000 0 — 1 8 0
Great Bend 002 000 0 — 2 6 1
Jared Hasik & Angel Archuleta. Bryce Beck & Jared Maneth. 2B — Liberal (Tim Fitzgerald).