The Hays Larks scored five runs in the third inning then held off a late Wellington rally to defeat the Heat 8-5 and run their winning streak to nine games. The Larks, who now lead the Jayhawk League by three games over both Wellington and El Dorado, improve to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in the Jayhawk League. The Heat drop to 9-4 and 5-4 in league play.
The Larks scored on a Mackenzie Handel single to grab a 1-0 lead in the first. They would go up 2-0 on an Aaron Cornell RBI double in the second.
Hays would push the lead to 7-0 with the five-run third. Josh White knocked in the first two runs with a two-run double. Desmond Roberts followed with another two-run double then Cody Daily singled home the fifth run.
Ty Gilmore led off the sixth with a walk and scored in a wild pitch to put Hays up 8-0.
Wellington rallied with three in the seventh and two in the ninth before Dalton Viner got a strikeout to end the comeback bid.
Starter Nick Goza threw six shutout innings to pick up the win, allowing three hits while walking four and striking out three. Viner pitched the final three innings for the save. He allowed five runs on four hits while walking four and striking out four.
Cody Daily had three of the Larks 11 hits. Aaron Cornell and Desmond Roberts both had two hits.
The Larks go for the series sweep and their 10th straight win in Sunday night.