LIBERAL — After being rained out Friday night, the Hays Larks and Liberal Bee Jays split a doubleheader Saturday evening at Brent Gould Field.
The Larks, behind a five-run eighth inning in the scheduled seven-inning game, won 8-3 in the opener, then dropped a 2-1 decision in the nightcap.
The split leaves Hays one game up on Liberal in the Jayhawk League standings heading into the series finale, a scheduled 7 p.m. start Sunday in Liberal.
In the eighth inning of Game 1 on Saturday, Trevor Boone scored the go-ahead run on an error, then Max Remy drove in a pair of runs to extend the lead with a double. Alex Weiss drove in what turned out to be the game’s final run with a single.
Clayton Rasbeary had a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning that put Hays up 3-0 before Liberal came back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Walter Pennington pitched five innings in a no-decision as Tyler Starks recorded one of his longest outings of the season with three hitless innings of relief for the win.
In the nightcap, Liberal jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the fifth inning, and the Larks’ rally fell just short as they scored a run in the seventh.
Alex Lopez took the loss for the Larks, giving up two runs (both earned) on six hits in five innings. He had four strikeouts.
Clayton Harp scored the Larks’ lone run on a passed ball.
The split puts Hays at 27-12 overall and 27-11 atop the Jayhawk League.