Baseball settles for split with North Arkansas College

After winning both games on Saturday vs. North Arkansas College (6-4, 11-1), Larks baseball dropped Sunday’s doubleheader to the Pioneers (4-1, 14-12), splitting the four-game series.

Hesston will be disappointed not to have won the series as they saw a 10-1 lead in Sunday’s second game disappear. In Saturday’s 6-4 win, freshman shortstop Jacques Palmer (Arlington, Texas) knocked in two runs during a six-run inning, boosting the Larks past NorthArk. Sophomore Jayden Banks (Lawton, Okla.) was perfect at the plate going 2/2 with a walk. In game two, sophomore Jonathan Law (El Paso, Texas), redshirt freshman Drake Sturgeon (Newton, Kan.) and freshman catcher Jeremy Deckinger (Wichita, Kan.) each had two RBI as the Larks scored five runs in the third inning to blow the game open. Pitchers Jonathan Law and Carter Hohn (Overland Park, Kan.) picked up the wins on the mound for the Larks.

After building an early 6-1 lead in the third inning, freshman Jonathan Law added four more runs with a towering grand slam to make it 10-1 Hesston. North Arkansas Community College responded, bringing the score quickly to 11-8 in the Larks favor. The Pioneers scored six more unanswered runs to bolt ahead 14-11 in the sixth inning. Hesston would add one run to make it 14-12 but couldn’t get any closer, as NorthArk hung on to force a series split in Hesston. Sophomore pitchers Jordan Gesling (Lennox, S.D.) and Roman Arnold (Denton, Texas) picked up losses on the mound. The Larks lost the first game 4-1 on Sunday.

“Our guys played hard this weekend, especially for only having nine position players,” Head Coach Kyle Howell commented. “Offensively we are performing at a high level and our starting pitching keeps getting better. Our bullpen, which has been a strength for us, wasn’t sharp but I’m confident they will improve going into the last weekend vs. Wentworth Military.”

Next – Hesston’s final road game at Independence (Kan.) Community College (April 25) has been cancelled due to KJCCC conflict. The Larks will return to Oswald field April 28 and 29 to host their final series of the season vs. Wentworth Military Academy in a four-game set.