HAYS – The Liberal Bee Jays raced out to an early 4-1 lead then scored seven runs in the seventh inning for an 11-1 seven inning run-rule victory of the Hays Larks Saturday night at Larks Park. With the win the Bee Jays evened the four-game series at one win apiece and pulls the Bee Jays into a first place tie with Hays atop the KCLB Jayhawk West Division.
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The Bee Jays (16-8, 6-4 Jayhawk West) used a triple, single, error and hit batter to score two runs in the first inning.
The Larks (19-5, 6-4 Jayhawk West) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but failed to score. They used two walks and a single from Drake Angeron to score a run in the second.
Liberal added two more on the third to go up 4-1 then opened the seventh with three straight singles and a walk. Colton Quinn’s bases loaded triple scored three to cap the seven-run frame.
The Larks were retired in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
Hays starter Ryan Ruder (3-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and not walks and suffered his first loss of the summer.
The Bee Jays Trevor Pruitt (1-1) held the Larks to one run on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts over five innings for the wins.
The two teams play game three of the four-game series Sunday night. Pregame at 6:45 p.m. on KAYS.