By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Liberal Bulldogs hosted Ulysses Sunday for an double header, and the teams walked away with a split.
Tyson Deaton pitched for the Bulldogs in Game 1 for six innings and did not give up an earned run.
Ulysses was heald scoreless for the first five innings but scored two unearned runs in the sixth.
The Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the sixth by scoring two runs of their own to tie the game.
Travis Leverett relieved Deaton in the seventh, and Ulysses was abel to score three runs, two of them unearned, to take a 5-2 lead.
The Bulldogs did not respond and lost the opener.
In Game 2, Leverett stayed on the hill for the Bulldogs in a 12-2 win.
Leverett threw all five innings in the run-rule shortened game.
“Their pitcher walked us a bunch,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “It was kinda ugly. But we did play better in Game 2.
Liberal moved to 3-6 on the season after the split, and Olmstead said it was strong pitching that is leading the team while the young bats continue to gain experience.
“Tyson and Travis pitched outstanding,” he said. “We didn’t have any multiple hits, and we struggled some on defense. It was all pitching.”
The Bulldogs return to the diamond Tuesday at 6 p.m. at home against Garden City.