The Hays Larks used three solo home runs to battle back from an early three-run deficit, but Wellington answered with two in the seventh and one in the eighth and defeats the Larks 6-5 in the first game of their three-game Jayhawk League series at Larks Park. The loss ends Hays’ four-game win streak and drops their record to 19-4 and 13-4 in league play. The Heat improve to 13-9 and 9-9 in league play.
Jason Zgardowski (3-1) struggled early, giving up three runs, one earned, in the first inning. The right hander from Midland Community College then held the Heat scoreless until the seventh when they scored twice to break the 3-3 tie.
The Larks lose despite hitting four home runs, giving them seven in their last two games. Jake Placzek’s solo shot in the fourth got them on the board. Brett Lang and Cody Daily hit back-to-back shots in the fifth to tie the game 3-3. Down to their final out, Daily hit a two-run blast to left to pull Hays within a run. Desmond Roberts would ground out to first to end the rally and the game.
The two play the middle game of the series Sunday night at 7pm. You can hear the game on KAYS (1400-AM) and on-line at www.hayspost.com.