The Hays Larks took their third straight loss on Friday night in Colorado, falling 9-7 to the Colorado Sox.
After leading 7-4 after four innings, the Larks (6-4) were doomed by Colorado’s five-run bottom of the fifth.
Larks pitcher Cole Zimmerman struggled to find his command in the fifth, allowing the five runs. He gave up four walks and a hit.
Wyatt Divis staked the Larks to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Dylan Dreiling broke a 2-2 tie in the third with an RBI single to right, but the Sox tied it at 3 in the bottom of the third.
Hays scored four runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 7-3 lead. Divis put the Larks in front with an RBI single, Sean Cooper drew a bases-loaded walk and Dreiling brought in two more runs with a single.
The Sox got a run in the bottom of the fourth before putting up the five runs in the fifth. Both teams were scoreless in the last four innings.
Larks starter Paddy Walsh went four innings, giving up four runs (three earned) with four walks and four strikeouts.
Dylan Dreiling, who just completed his sophomore year at Hays High and joined the Larks a week ago, continued to swing the bat well, collecting three hits. Divis and Corbin Truslow had two hits each.
On Thursday, the Larks took a 7-3 loss to the Sox. Truslow homered in the loss.
The Larks will play the Colorado Pirates on Saturday afternoon.