The Hays Larks have a handful players on a tear offensively at the moment, resulting in some offensive explosions for the team.
Even when those players begin to cool off, Larks manager Frank Leo believes his lineup has enough firepower to remain potent.
“You always want to have three of four guys being hot, seeing it well,” Leo said. “The other guys that aren’t, hopefully they’re going to pick up the slack when the other guys cool off. They can’t stay hot forever, but that’s when somebody steps up and get after it.”
The 20-5 Larks have six players hitting .329 or better on the season, led by Easton Kirk’s .417 average. Kirk already has 28 runs driven in, and three of his five home runs have been grand slams.
Daryl Myers is currently red-hot for the Larks, hitting three home runs in Monday’s 15-5 win at Dodge City. Myers is hitting .394 on the season with a team-high six home runs.
Other big bats for the Larks include Ryne Randle (.398), John Rensel Jr. (.383) and Wyatt Divis (.367).
“It’s so fun to be a part of and just watch,” said Myers, an infielder from Benedictine. “Whether I’m playing or not, it’s so fun to watch. We have a bunch of good hitters, a lot of guys from really good schools here just playing their butts off. It’s just fun to watch everyone compete day in and day out.”
The Larks, who lead the Jayhawk League with a 14-4 record, boast a .318 batting average and have 24 home runs on the season. Hays is averaging 8 runs per game.
The Larks were also an offensive juggernaut last year, but Leo said this year’s lineup has a different style.
“We had a lot of thunder last year,” Leo said. We had a lot of guys that could take it deep and get it out of the park and get us runs in a hurry. This year it’s more of batting average guys, and we have a little bit of thunder too, but not as much as last year. So it’s kind of comparable in different ways.”
The Larks will take a five-game winning streak into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game at Great Bend. They will then play host to Great Bend ay 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Larks Park.