The Dodge City Rangers had their chances, but couldn't get the winning run across the plate against the Woodward Travelers.
The Oklahoma squad finally found a way to control the game in beating the Rangers 5-3 in nine innings in the first game of a doubleheader at Demon Field.
The Rangers shut out the Travelers 10-0 in the second game of the twinbill.
Dodge City scored five runs in the first and five more in the second to record the victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
Jackson Oldham, Drew Chance, Eric Reid and Kolten Schulte had RBI singles in the first frame, while Tyler O'Neal brought home a run on a groundout.
The Rangers' runs in the second inning came on a RBI sacrifice fly by Dawson Davis, RBI bases loaded walks issued to O'Neal and Schulte, with Andrew Balderaz and Oldham recording RBIs by getting hit by pitches with the bases loaded.
Balderaz was the winning pitcher for the Rangers, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings of shutout work.
Dayton McGroarty was the hard-luck loser for the Rangers (10-3), who lost their first home game of the season in the extra-inning affair.
McGroarty gave up all five runs and 11 hits to the Travelers (18-18) in 8 2/3 innings of work, but only one of the runs was earned as Woodward was able to take advantage of both Dodge City errors in the contest.
The Rangers got runs in the first and third innings to take the early 2-0 lead off Woodward pitcher Jake Test. The first run came on when Andrew Balderaz singled, stole second and later scored on a fielding error. The second came on a RBI single by Austin Weiser.
The Travelers tied the game in the fourth on a RBI single by Law Greiner and a second run came across on a throwing error on an attempted double play grounder.
Woodward had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded and one out, but the Rangers were able to record a double play when centerfielder Jackson Oldham caught a potential sacrifice fly and was able to throw perfectly to catcher Gideon Wells, who tagged the baserunner from third to end the threat and the inning.
The Rangers had a chance to end the game in the seventh with the bases loaded, but Test induced a weak fly ball back to him to end the threat.
Dodge City had another chance in the bottom of the eighth when Weiser singled and got to third on a couple of groundouts, but Test struck out the final Ranger batter of the inning to send the game to another extra inning.
Woodward took the lead in the ninth on another Ranger throwing error, then added insurance runs on a two-run single by Gage Owen.
The Rangers were able to get one run back when Kolten Schulte singled, went to second and third on passed balls and scored on a single by Eric Reid. Dodge City was able to get the tying run on first base, but Test was able to force a fly ball to end the game.
Liberal 14-7, Dodge City 6-20
The Rangers committed four errors to hand the Bulldogs 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Rangers built a six-run lead to lose in the opener.
Nick Nelson was the losing pitcher, but had only one of the nine runs charged to him earned. He gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out three.
Schulte knocked in two runs and Nelson, McGroarty and Dawson Davis brought home a run apiece.
Dodge City answered back with six runs in the first and nine runs in the seventh to claim the nightcap.
Andrew Balderaz went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBIs, while Jackson Oldham knocked in three, and McGroarty hit two RBI triples in the contest. Wells and Reid also knocked in two runs in the win.
Oldham threw a complete game for the Rangers to improve to 4-0 on the summer. Oldham gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out two. Four of the seven runs charged to the pitcher were earned.