The El Dorado Broncos lost Sunday night's rubber match 5-2 in Liberal, but the team's effort drew praises from the coaches and staff.
Saturday night's 5-2 victory was bittersweet. The team lost its top two hitters, Chris Godinez and David Harris.
In the first inning, Godinez, playing second base, took a throw as a Liberal baserunner was stealing second. The runner, who was called safe, slid into Godinez' glove and spiked his finger. Godinez was taken to the Liberal hospital and had three stitches.
Harris, who had three hits in the game, tried to steal third and tweeked his hamstring. He had to come out of the game.
With their top two hitters limited to pinch-running (Godinez) and pinch-hitting (Harris), the Broncos weren't given much of a chance Sunday.
However, El Dorado managed a 2-2 tie until the eighth when the BeeJays pushed across three runs on two hits.
Down 1-0, Tyler Coughenour tied it with homer to left in the sixth. Matt Robertson, who delievered a clutch hit in Saturday's victory, came through with a single to open the top of the eighth. Godinez ran for him and stole second and went to third on a Liberal error.
D. J. Luna delievered a long sacrifice fly to score Godinez.
The Broncos struck for four runs in the top of the ninth to gain the victory Saturday.
Andrew Perez walked and Luna was hit by a pitch. Drew Williams was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jordan Slade hit a ground ball to first and Perez was forced at home. However, Liberal catcher Tyler Baker threw wildly to first trying for a double play and Luna scored on the play.
With Harris injured, Robertson was sent in to pinch-hit. With two strikes, Robertson delievered a run-scoirng single. Daniel Baptista follwed with a run-scoring ground out.
Liberal 10, El Dorado 4
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W -- Bernardi. L -- Robertson. HR -- Liberal: Baker.
El Dorado batting Godinez 1-4, Slade 1-4, Harris 2-4, Baptista 0-1, Coughenour 0-2, Lawrence 0-2, Guerra 0-5, Williams 2-4, Perez 0-2 Luna 1-3.
El Dorado pitching: Robertson 1 1/3-8, Weber 3-1, Cirbo 3 2/3-0.
El Dorado 5, Liberal 2
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W -- Kowal. L -- Branum. Save -- Harvey.
El Dorado batting: Godinez 1-1, Williams 0-3, Slade 0-5, Harris 3-4, Robertson 1-1, Baptista 2-4, Lawrence 1-5, Osburn 0-3, Coughenour 0-4, Perez 1-2, Luna 0-2.
El Dorado pitching: McKaskle 7-1, Kowal 1-0, Harvey 1-0.
Liberal 5, El Dorado 2
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W -- Ashford. L -- Smith. HR -- El Dorado: Coughenour.
El Dorado batting: Slade 1-4, Coughenour 2-3, Baptista 1-3, Lawrence 1-4, Osburn 0-4, Williams 1-3, Harris 0-1, Perez 0-3, Robertson 1-3, Luna 0-2.
El Dorado pitching: Hardison 6-2, Smith 1 1/3-3, Kowal 2/3-0.