The Hays Larks built on Thursday’s season-opening win with a pair of wins Saturday night against the visiting Colorado Sox at Larks Park.
The Larks opened their only scheduled doubleheader with a 5-3 win before ensuring a series win with a 6-1 victory in the second game of the day.
The day got off to a strong start for Frank Leo’s squad. After Rob Caudill pitched a scoreless top of the first, the Larks opened the scoring with three runs in the home half of the first frame.
Connor Ross, the first Lark to step to the plate, took an 0-1 pitch yard for a leadoff home run. Josh Minjarez and Jacob Boston followed with back-to-back doubles to take a 2-0 lead before Mikey Gangwish plated Boston with a fielder’s choice.
Caudill pitched a second scoreless frame before being replaced by Ryan Van Leeuwen. The Sox got the Van Leeuwen in the fourth when two walks and a double plated the visitors first run. Van Leeuwen was replaced by Cole Hendrix after his third walk but was charged with another run that scored later in the inning.
A bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly from Austin Unrein helped the Larks to a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Colorado got a run back against D.J. Carr in the seventh with the help of two errors, but the former Fort Hays State University pitcher rebounded with a strikeout and a pop out to end the game.
Caudill earned the win and Carr picked up his first save despite just four hits from the Larks’ offense.
The hosts were also first on the board in Game 2. Hays starter Augie Gallardo tossed a pair of scoreless innings to start the game before Layne Downing came on to start the third inning.
After Downing retired the Sox in order, a pair of FHSU teammates combined to open the scoring. Austin Unrein led off the bottom of the third with a double and scored on a single off Ross’ bat. Ross later scored on a double from left fielder Mike Mioduszewski.
The Sox got to Downing with two singles in the fourth, but those were the only hits and the lone run managed against the Hays native, who held on for the win.
Larks center fielder Andy Shadid opened the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer that made it 3-1 to start the fifth.
The hosts added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Boston plated one run with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth when Boston plated Gangwish with a fielder’s choice to short.
Boston plated two runs to lead the Larks, while Ross was the only player to have a multi-hit game. Hays finished with eight hits to Colorado’s four.
Cavs’ Love placed under concussion protocol
OAKLAND, Calif. (TNS) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will not return to Game 2 of the NBA Finals after being placed in concussion protocol.
Love was elbowed in the head when he and the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes both went up for a rebound in the second quarter. He spent a few minutes on the ground before eventually walking off the court.
Love returned to start the second half, but left the after only two minutes. The team announced he experienced dizziness and was taken back to the locker room and placed in the league’s concussion protocol.
According to the team, “Kevin did not exhibit any signs or symptoms during the first half, or at halftime, that would have caused him to be placed in the concussion protocol prior to now.”