Larks baseball enjoyed a massive offensive output on Thursday night as they made the short trip to McPherson to play the Bulldogs JV squad. With five runs scored in both the third and fourth innings, Hesston College took it to McPherson College 16-4.
“It was nice to see the offense really explode today,” said Head Coach Kyle Howell.
All nine of the Larks starters got a hit on the night. It started in the top of the third with Nariki Fujimura’s solo home run on the first pitch he saw. The inning saw Cooper Morgan, Kalen Haynes, Jonathan Law and Jeremy Deckinger also reach home plate as the Larks batted around the order and stranded three while going up 5-0.
The top of the fourth brought more of the same, but this time, Hesston College scored all five of their runs with two outs.
Brad McBride was on the mound for the Larks. He pitched five innings giving up two runs on two hits. McBride struck out 6 of the 19 he faced on the day.
“Brad really threw the baseball well,” said Howell. “Hopefully this win gets us rolling downhill and finishing the season strong.”
Deckinger went 3-4 and scored 4 times. Logan Dryden, Morgan, Haynes and Malachi Swartz all joined Deckinger’s multi-hit day with two each.
The Larks will have a full home schedule this week when they take on State Fair Community College (Tuesday, Apr. 17 – 4 p.m.), Kansas Wesleyan University JV (Thursday, Apr. 19 – 5 p.m.), Bethany College (Friday-Saturday, April 20-21 – 7 p.m. and 1 p.m.).