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Panthers come up short against Liberal
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WICHITA — The Great Bend High School baseball team’s offense came up anemic in a Class 5A regional semifinal game against Liberal.
The Panthers struggled to get runners around, falling 7-1.
“I think that lately, if we’ve been hitting the ball well, we’ve been competing,” GBHS head coach Randy Beck said. “We did not do that today.
“They had a lot of two-out hits that helped them score runs. I have to give them credit.”
Bishop Carroll, the regional’s No. 1 seed, went on to beat Liberal 10-0 in the regional rinal to advance to the state tournament.
Liberal scored one run in each of the first three innings against Bryce Beck.
The Redskins pounded on four runs in the fourth, chasing Beck, who went 3 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and two walks. Five of the seven runs were earned.
Then Tristan Hall came on in relief.
The big right-hander went 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and struck out five. He allowed no runs.
“Tristan threw well,” Randy Beck said. “He pretty much shut them down.”
Bryce Beck had Great Bend’s lone hit, a double, to go 1-for-3.
The Panthers managed their one run in the fifth inning.
“We were able to get something going there in the fifth inning,” Randy Beck said. “We had a couple runners in the sixth and seventh innings, but we just couldn’t get the runs to get them around.”

                                                                                             — Kevin Price