LAMAR — The Diamond Wildcats opened their season with a 3-1 win Friday over the Lockwood Tigers in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Tiger Classic at Willy Shoff Field.

LAMAR — The Diamond Wildcats opened their season with a 3-1 win Friday over the Lockwood Tigers in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Tiger Classic at Willy Shoff Field.
Diamond will take on No. 6 seed Greenfield in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Greenfield upended tournament host Lamar 6-5 in the nightcap Friday.
In the other half of the bracket and the championship semifinals, it will be top seed Butler and No. 5 Liberal at 3 p.m. Monday.
The higher seed held form in half of the four games Friday.

Liberal 5, East Newton 1
The East Newton Patriots opened their season by taking a 1-0 lead on the Liberal Bulldogs after one inning early Friday afternoon, but the Bulldogs pushed across two runs in the second and three in the fourth while pitchers Jacob Dermott and Bryant Rose silenced the Patriots after that first inning.
Dermott and Rose combined to allow one run on six East Newton hits and one Liberal error. Rose pitched three scoreless innings of relief, struck out three and gave up one hit, one of only two runners (both in the fifth) to reach against him.
Chance Liveoak went the distance for East Newton in the first game of pitch counts, allowing five runs on seven hits. Behind 22 first pitch strikes, Liveoak finished with five strikeouts.
In the big three-run fourth, catcher Sean Clark hit a RBI double, Bryan Rojo a sacrifice fly and Dermott a RBI single. This rally began with one down when Rose reached on a hit by pitch.
Clark drove in two runs on the day for the Bulldogs, who earned a Class 2 district title and reached the sectional round last season.
East Newton attempted to spark a rally in the second inning, with consecutive singles by Calvin Francisco and Ethan Lucke, but Francisco was caught stealing for the second out and then Dermott retired East Newton on a Sebastian Stewart fielder’s choice.
Brett Pendergraft singled in the third, but went nowhere more than first base.
Liveoak worked a leadoff walk in the fourth to no avail, as the Bulldogs managed a pair of force outs to eliminate the lead runner each time.
Coleman Booker reached third in the fifth, the closest East Newton came to scoring a run after that first inning.
East Newton played the Lamar JV in the early game Saturday.