LIBERAL, Kan. – LIBERAL, Kan. – The Hays Larks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to win game one of their doubleheader against the Liberal Bee Hays 8-3 Saturday night at Brent Gould Field. The Bee Jays held off a seventh inning comeback bid and won the second contest 2-1.
The Larks (27-12, 27-11 Jayhawk League) scored the go-ahead run in the first game off an error on a Nick Jones sacrifice bunt attempt. Max Remy followed with a two-run double. Alex Weiss capped the scoring with a two-run single.
Tyler Starks (4-0) pitched three hitless innings of relief and picked up the win.
In the second game, Liberal (26-12, 26-12 Jayhawk League) strung together three straight singles to score two runs in the fifth inning. The Larks scored their lone run on a passed ball with one out in the seventh. They stranded the tying run at second base.
Alex Lopez (5-2) allowed both runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks over five innings and suffered the loss.
Despite the split, the Larks remain a game up on both Liberal and Derby in the Jayhawk League. They close out the three-game series Sunday at 7 pm.
Saturday’s Jayhawk League results
Hays 8, Liberal 3, 8 innings
Liberal 2, Hays 1
El Dorado 6, Haysville 5
El Dorado 8, Haysville 3
Derby 4, Dodge City 3
Great Bend 9, Oklahoma City 0, forfeit