Larks sweep home series against El Dorado
Published on -7/2/2012, 9:38 AM
By The Hays Daily News
The Hays Larks swept the weekend home series from the El Dorado Broncos.
After a 5-4 victory on Friday, the Larks finished the series with a 7-3 win on Saturday and a 7-6 victory Sunday.
The Larks moved to 17-8, 11-8 Jayhawk League, while El Dorado dropped to 15-12, 10-12 Jayhawk League.
Hays is 12-3 at Larks Park this season and has won seven straight home games.
In Saturday's victory, the Larks had two runs in the first, four in the second and one in the seventh.
Hays team pitched the game, and Justin Ziegler went two innings, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts and no walks.
Ryan Mas followed with two innings.
He permitted two hits and three runs (no earned) with three strikeouts and three walks.
Blake Johnston finished with the victory after he pitched three innings and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts against zero walks.
The top seven players in Hays' lineup collected at least one hit. Zair Koeiman went 1 for 4 with a homer, run scored and two RBIs, while Mackenzie Handel was 1 of 3 with three RBIs.
Jon Ryan was 2 of 3 with a run scored.
In Sunday's contest, Ziegler made a full start.
He worked six innings and allowed five hits and five runs (one earned) with one strikeout and one walk.
The Larks committed seven errors, but pounded out 16 hits. Caleb Hawkins earned the victory with one inning of relief when he allowed a run on two hits.
El Dorado led 3-2 after four innings, but Hays tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit. Koeiman finished 3 of 4 with a RBI and three runs scored, while Betcher was 3 of 3 with a RBI.
Koeiman, Handel and Austin Darby hit doubles and Koeiman and Ryan Busboom each homered.
Koeiman has now hit seven homers. Only Darby, with six, has more than two.
The Larks will start a five-game road trip tonight with games through Dodge City, Liberal and Haysville.
The one-game contest against Dodge City starts at 8 p.m. Left-hander Michael Freeman is the probable starter.