The Hays Larks opened the season on a six-game winning streak. Following Wednesday’s 7-4 road win over the Liberal Bee Jays, the Larks are rolling again, having won their last five contests.
The only thing preventing a perfect record for the Larks (11-1, 7-1) is a 4-3 loss to El Dorado last week.
On Wednesday in Liberal, the Larks needed some late offense to continue the streak.
After a scoreless first three innings, the Larks were first on the board in the top of the fourth. Josh Minjarez got on with a one-out single and scored on a Mike Mioduszewski triple. Mioduszewski came around on Jacob Boston’s RBI double to give the visitors a two-run lead.
Mioduszewski helped the Larks cushion their lead in sixth, as he tripled and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Boston.
Larks starting pitcher Austin Isenhart tossed his sixth scoreless frame in the bottom half. He exited afterwards, having tossed six two-hit innings with three strikeouts. Some late offense from the Bee Jays prevented him from earning the victory.
An error followed by a single and a double allowed Liberal to get on the board against reliever Ben Cilano. After a fielder’s choice netted the Larks’ first out, a two-run single tied the game at three. Cilano made way for D.J. Carr later in the inning, and Carr got a fly out to limit the damage.
Carr went on to pick up the victory after Mioduszewski doubled home a pair of runs. The Eastern Michigan product came around to score on a wild pitch, making it 6-3 after 7.5 innings.
Carr tossed a scoreless eighth before the Larks added a run in the ninth. Connor Ross opened with a single and stole second. He scored on an Austin Bell RBI double for the Larks’ seventh run.
Ross and Mioduszewski each finished with three hits while Mioduszewski and Boston both had multiple RBI.
Despite giving up a run in the bottom half, New Mexico’s Chad Smith picked up the save after getting two strikeouts to end the game.
The Larks will look for a sweep in tonight’s Game 3.