Larks split with Jayhawk League leading Wellington

The Hays Larks avoid the season sweep at the hands of league-leading Wellington after a 5-0 win in game two of their doubleheader Tuesday night at Hobbs-Hooten Stadium in Wellington. The Heat took the opener 3-2 and are now 32-6 overall and 23-4 in league play and have an eight-game lead over second place Derby. The Larks are now 21-13 overall and 15-13 in the league and trail the Heat by 8 1/2 games.

Michael Burns had three hits including a two-run double to give the Larks the early lead in the night cap. Derrick Mount also drove in a pair of runs. Blake Roley picks up the win, allowing just one hit over five innings to move to 2-0 on the season. Ethan Landon and DJ Carr each followed with a scoreless inning of relief, helping the Larks snap their eight-game losing streak to the Heat.

Nick Goza (4–4) was the tough luck loser in the first game, allowing one earned run on five hits over five innings. The Heat scored two in the first then added what proved to be the game winning run in the fourth. Evan Gruener’s sac fly in the second inning cut the lead to 2-1. Tyler Detmer hit a solo homer in the sixth for the final margin.