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Larks take one of two

By The Hays Daily News

WELLINGTON -- The Hays Larks took one of two in a doubleheader with the Jayhawk League-leading Wellington Heat on Tuesday night.

Playing a doubleheader from a rainout the previous night, the Larks dropped the opener, 3-2, then shut out the Heat, 5-0, to snap an eight-game losing skid to Wellington that dates back to last season.

The split pushes Hays to 21-13 overall and 15-13 in the Jayhawk League. Hays is a half-game back of Derby, with the Twins in Hays this weekend in a series that likely will determine the second-place spot behind Wellington. The teams will finish a suspended game from earlier this season beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Larks Park, then play their regularly scheduled first game of a three-game series.

In Tuesday's Game 1, Wellington (32-6, 23-4) had a 2-0 lead after the first inning on a Larks error. Hays answered in the second with a sacrifice fly by Evan Gruener. The Heat, though, put the game out of reach with a solo home run in the fourth.

Nick Goza (4-4) took the loss. He gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Ty Detmer homered in the seventh with two outs to score the other Hays run.

In the nightcap, Blake Roley (2-0) contained Wellington to just one hit in five innings. Meanwhile, Hays took a 2-0 lead after one and led 4-0 after four. Michael Burns finished 3 for 3, scored a run, and drove in two. Derrick Mount drove in a pair of runs, and Matt Leuty drove in the other.

Game 1

Wellington 3, Hays 2

Hays (20-13, 14-13) 010 000 1 -- 2 8 1

Wellington (32-5, 23-3) 200 100 x -- 3 5 0

Goza, Bentley (6) and Detmer; Mustang, McMillan (6), Romero (7) and Richmond. W -- Mustang. L -- Goza (4-4). Sv. - Romero. 2B - Doyle, Wellington. HR -- Detmer, Hays; Doyle, Wellington.

Game 2

Hays 5, Wellington 0

Hays (21-13, 15-13) 200 201 0 -- 5 9 2

Wellington (23-6, 23-4) 000 000 0 -- 0 2 2

Roley, Landon (6), Carr (7) and Detmer; Keefer, Mattera (6) and Richmond. W -- Roley (2-0). L - Keefer. 2B -- Burns, Hays.