Baseball News Archive 2018-2019

Baseball splits with North Arkansas, ends season with win

The Lark baseball season drew to a close on Sunday with a double-header at home against North Arkansas Community College. The Larks dropped game one to the Pioneers 2-1 and rallied to take the second game 4-1. On the day, the Larks celebrated their sophomores as Coach Tim Cole wrapped up his first year in charge of the program. The Larks end the year 12-23.

“Though we wish we were still playing, our culture is heading in the right direction,” said Cole.

Game one did not see too much offense. The Pioneers scored in the top of the second and the top of the fifth to take a 2-0 lead. The Larks got one back in the fifth but could not get another one around to even things up.

Game two saw some great defense by the Larks. Both the second and third innings ended for the Pioneers with excellent double plays by the Larks. Inning two saw a line out to center field and Grant Bloyer threw a laser to home as a Pioneer tried to score from third. Caleb Stull stood strong in front of the plate to record the out and keep a run from coming across.

The Larks got some production with two outs in the bottom of the third. Nicholas Platten started things off with a triple to right field. After fighting off some pitches on a full count, Caleb Stull advanced to second on a hard hit ball to the shortstop that he could not handle, scoring Platten. Noah Roberts recorded a hit to left field scoring Stull and the Larks ended the inning up 2-0.

The Larks added another run in the fourth. Each team put up a tally in the fifth and that’s where the game ended, 4-1. Nariki Fujimura got the win from the mound for the Larks.

“I am proud of our young men and all the hard work that they dedicated to the baseball program and to Hesston College this year,” said Cole. “It was great to send off our sophomores with a win and a well-played game to end our season. They have helped lay down the foundation of our culture and I will always be grateful for the relationships I have with each of them.”

Lark baseball takes three of four vs Southwestern

Hesston College baseball won three of four at home vs Southwestern Community College (Creston, Iowa) in two days of double headers March 24 and 25. The Larks took game one on Sunday, 12-11, dropped game two 14-10, then won both games Monday, 6-5 and 10-6.

The first day of games was filled with fireworks. Game one saw the Hesston down 11-8 in the bottom of the 7th/final inning. And then the magic happened. Caleb Stull stepped up to the plate with three on and hit a walk-off grand slam! Stull finished the game with six RBIs. Robert Salcedo had a good day at the plate going 3 for 4 and Quinn Goettel earned the win. “It all started with Calebs walk off grand slam” said Head Coach Tim Cole, “we had a great weekend”.

Game two on Sunday saw the Larks lead through the 6th inning. The Spartans of Southwestern scored five runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead. The Larks could not get the rally going like game one and the game ended 14-10. Top performers were Nathanial Solomon going 3-4 with two doubles and Hugo Kinebuchi who also hit two doubles.

Monday saw two more highly competitive games. Game one found the Larks down 2-0 as they entered the bottom of the 2nd inning. They were able to put some hits together against the Spartan pitching scoring three runs to take their first lead of the game. The game continued to go back and forth as Southwestern scored two in the top of the 3rd but Hesston scored twice to retake a one-run advantage into the 4th. Adding another in the 6th the Larks needed the two-run cushion in the 7th. A solo homer by the Spartans gave the Larks a scare but in the end, the Larks had enough pitching and defense to earn the victory. Hudson Smith led the Larks from the mound with a complete game and six strikeouts. “Hudson was incredible” said Cole, “pitching a complete game and getting his first collegiate win”. Omar Aguilar spearheaded the offense going 2 for 4 with four RBIs.

Game two on Monday started more slowly on the offensive side until the bottom of the 5th when the Larks scored three to take a 4-2 lead. The floodgates opened in the sixth and the bats really got hot for HC. Six runs came across the plate and sealed the deal, even though the Spartans scored 4 in the top of the 7th, the 10-6 win and 3-1 series triumph was complete. Nariki Fujimura went 2-4 with an RBI and Grant Bloyer and Noah Roberts each had a home run. Dave Ryan struck out 12 on the way to a complete game win “The team gave some amazing run support and we got a complete game from Dave” said Cole. “We scored 38 runs in four games. I am proud of our guys as they are really learning their role as teammates. These are incredible young men who are dedicated to each other.”

The Larks will be back in action on Thursday, March 28 as they take on McPherson College JV in a single 9 inning game. They will then host Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa for a double header on Friday March 29 with first pitch at 4 p.m.

Lark Baseball defeats York

Hesston College baseball earned a victory on a single game against York College JV at Oswald Field on Wednesday night. The Larks defeated the Panthers 8-1 in the nine inning affair.

The Larks started off right, scoring four in the bottom of the 2nd inning. They added two in both the 4th and 7th innings. From the mound it was a team effort as Dane Milburn went two innings and had 4Ks. Connor Leach went one with 2Ks, Quinn Goettel went one with 2Ks and Kalen Haynes rounded out the 9th with three Ks to seal the victory.

“It was a great day for our guys on the mound,” said head coach Tim Cole.

Caleb Stull went 4-4 including a double and three RBIs. Nariki Fujimura went 3-5 and drove in two. Ryusei Hando also had two RBI on his 2-4 night at the plate.

“It was good to see our guys put multiple hits together,” said Cole, “getting 8 runs on the board and giving our offense a boost.

“I am proud of our team,” continued Cole. “They are continuing to learn the value of servant leadership and a better understanding of what it means to be a committed to each other as a team.”

The Larks are back in action at Southwestern Iowa Community College for two days of double headers on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

Lark baseball season opens in Texas Feb. 1 and 2

It’s a new era for Lark baseball at Hesston College. Timothy Cole took over the program at the end of last school year. Tim came from NCAA DII Southern Nazarene University where he had served for several years as their assistant coach.

“My expectations for this year’s team is to work hard at controlling the controllable,” said Cole. “Baseball demands tough metal individuals who can handle pressure when given the opportunity. I am excited to see how our guys learn through the difficult times this season.”

This mentality is all about “WeBeforeMe.” A challenge for the team to put others and the uniform ahead of personal accolades. This will be accomplished by playing for each other, which should be one of the team’s greatest strengths.

Embracing this “WeBeforeMe” mentality is returning pitcher and first baseman, Kalen Haynes. Kalen is a leader who brings everything every day. Also leading on and off the field is David Berzins. Berzins flies around the outfield and brings the team energy when they need it most.

New faces to keep an eye on are Caleb Stull and Hugo Kinebuchi. Stull has special talent and will lead the team from the catcher position. His work ethic, character and passion make him a good on-field leader. Kinebuchi serves his fellow pitchers and will lead the team from the mound.

“The team has been working hard since day one,” says Cole.

Early morning workouts, great sophomore leadership and dedication have allowed the Larks to continue getting better despite the cold January weather.

“Our team is hungry,” said Cole. “They have brought great energy every day and night in practice. We are excited and anxious to open our season this weekend.”

First pitch for Hesston College will take place Friday in Dallas, Texas. The Larks will travel for two days of double headers against Richland Community College. They will follow that with two days of double headers the following two weekends. February 9 and 10 will see the Larks host Northeast Nebraska Community College and Highland Illinois Community College will travel to Hesston for games February 16 and 17.

42 Larks named to NJCAA All-Academic Teams

The Hesston College athletic department announces that 42 student-athletes have been named National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-Americans. To be an All-American a student needs to complete a minimum of 24 credits over the two semester school year. The 42 student-athletes represents 24% of Hesston’s total athletes on campus. Congratulations to the following students:

Named to the first team with a GPA of 4.0 were Landon Baer (North Lima, Ohio), men’s soccer; Jenna Boller (Kalona, Iowa), women’s soccer; Jeremy Deckinger (Wichita, Kan.), baseball; Jade Gleason (Brush, Colo.), volleyball; Cal Hartley (Benton, Kan.), men’s basketball; Luke Hertzler (Harrisonburg, Va.) men’s soccer; Kylee Kasselman (Claflin, Kan.), volleyball; Kate Kilmer (Goshen, Ind.), women’s cross country; Cassidy King (Cochranville, Pa.), volleyball; Kaylen Lassley (Salina, Kan.), softball; Levi Litwiller (Hopedale, Ill.), men’s cross country; Nicole Loewen (Hutchinson, Kan.), women’s tennis; Taylor Longenecker (Harrisonburg, Va.), men’s track and field; Faith Manickam (Hesston, Kan.), women’s soccer; Elizabeth Miller (Archbold, Ohio), women’s cross country; Rio Mori (Osaka, Japan), women’s tennis; Curtis Oesch (Caldwell, Idaho), men’s tennis; Hannah Rosenbaum (Richmond, Texas), women’s tennis; Jaelyn Rufenacht (Pettisville, Ohio), softball; Jenna Schneider (Lodi, Calif.), softball; Morgan Sterner (Lehi, Utah), women’s basketball; Harune Suzuki (Osaka, Japan), women’s tennis; Bryson White (Fort Worth, Texas), men’s soccer; and Sadie Winter (Newton, Kan.), women’s cross country.
Lark athletes named to the 2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic second team
Named to the All-Academic Second Team with a GPA of 3.80 to 3.99 were Sam Amarante (Lodi, Calif.), softball; Kenzie Brown (Estes Park, Colo.), women’s soccer; Andre Eanes (Harrisonburg, Va.) men’s cross country; Faith Hallmark (El Dorado, Kan.), volleyball; Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.), men’s basketball; Caitlyn Nichols (Mesa, Colo.), women’s basketball; and Payton Yehnert (Parker, Colo.) women’s soccer.
Lark athletes named to the 2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic third team
Named to the All-Academic Third Team with a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79 were Alexis Avalos (Yucaipa, Calif.), softball; Savannah Bontrager (Milford, Neb.), women’s cross country; Sierra Broce (Goddard, Kan.), women’s cross country; Annalys Hanna (Fraser, Colo.), volleyball; Jacob Harris (El Paso, Texas), baseball; Shaelyn Headrick (La Junta, Colo.), women’s basketball; Preston Judd (Hayden, Ala.), baseball; Kaede Nakada (Tokyo, Japan), women’s tennis; Miho Okuda (Chiba-ken, Japan), women’s soccer; Haley Unruh (Wilmore, Kan.), volleyball; and Lindsey Yoder (Millersburg, Ohio), women’s soccer.

Yasin, Deckinger named Lark Athletes of the Year at athletic banquet

Athletes, coaches and athletic staff gathered this evening to celebrate the 2017-18 school year. Participants recognized academic achievement, team success, individual accomplishment, the growth of the student-athletes at Hesston College and presented the department’s highest awards – Athlete of the Year – to male and female recipients.

Chosen by vote of the athletic department staff, the award goes to the students who best exemplify high athletic achievement, positive lifestyle, contribution to the greater campus community, sportsmanship and a strong representative of Hesston College, both on and off campus.

The 2017-2018 recipients are Ashley Yasin (softball) and Jeremy Deckinger (baseball).

Ashley Yasin has had a tremendous career. She has excelled as a nursing student and from the mound for the Larks softball team. She has amassed 31 career wins, a school record, leading the team to its best two seasons in history. Her career records also include 371.2 innings pitched and 352 strikeouts. Her most impressive statistic is leading the NJCAA in strikeouts during the 2017-18 regular season.

“Ashley has been the epitome of a team leader and a competitor,” said Head Coach Andrew Sharp. “She has consistently performed well and has always given her team a chance to win. Ashley demands a lot of herself, and through her dedication and hard work has cemented herself as one the best athletes in school history. Her accolades are very well deserved.”

Jeremy Deckinger “has been the model of what it takes to be a successful student-athlete,” said Head Coach Kyle Howell. “He refuses to let anything, either academically or athletically, stand in the way of his success.”

Deckinger’s on field accomplishments include being top ten all time at Hesston College in each of the following categories: career RBI (52), single season hits (44), single season doubles (10), and single season RBI (36). He will graduate as an NJCAA Academic All-American, a certified private and commercial pilot and a flight instructor.

“He’s one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached,” said Howell, “and a phenomenal human being.”

Also recognized for their on field accomplishments were those who have received National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Regional awards.

  • Jerrica Brown – 2017 All Region second team, softball
  • Coye Campbell – All Region honorable mention, men’s basketball
  • Faith Hallmark – All Region first team, volleyball
  • Zac Neely – All Region first team, men’s basketball
  • Ally Steiner – 2017 All Region second team, softball
  • Ashley Yasin – 2017 All Region second team, softball

Hesston College competes in Region VI of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Larks have 12 athletic programs. The Larks will join and compete in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Larks batter Bulldogs JV 16-4

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.).

Cole to lead Lark baseball

Hesston College Athletic Director Rob Ramseyer announces the hiring of Timothy Cole as head baseball coach to lead the Larks in 2018-19. Originally from Mulvane, Kan., Timothy and his wife, Casey, live in Bethany, Okla., where Timothy serves as assistant baseball coach and resident director at Southern Nazarene University (SNU).

Cole has spent the last six years as the pitching coach and assistant baseball coach at SNU. There he has worked in many capacities with the team, recruiting, strength and conditioning, and helping players excel academically. He was an Academic All-American at SNU as well as at Labette Community College (Parsons, Kan.), where he spent his first two college years.

Beyond college coaching, Cole has experience in residence life and coaching in a Christ-centered environment through Athletes in Action. With Athletes in Acton he led teams on trips to Panama and Guatemala. These opportunities, as well as his summer playing for Oklahoma City Ambassadors, allowed for baseball to shape his growth and faith development.

“Tim has the experience and understanding to put together a team that can find success both on and off the field,” according to Ramseyer. “We believe his character and deep faith will be a good fit at Hesston as he challenges his students-athletes to grow in all areas of life.”

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next head baseball coach at Hesston College,” said Cole. “My wife, Casey, and I believe in Christian higher education and we were so impressed with the faculty and staff at Hesston College. We are excited to build strong relationships through the Hesston College community, and I am looking forward to working hard at our ministry of pouring into students.”

Tim has an associate degree from Labette Community College. He also earned a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in sports management and administration from SNU.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Rob Ramseyer and the search committee for all of their hard work during this process,” Cole added, “and for giving me this opportunity.”

Larks sweep four-game weekend series

With a high offensive output, the Hesston College baseball team was able to keep the offense rolling all weekend. The strong start allowed for a four game sweep of the Cougars of Highland Community College, Freeport, Ill. Two victories came on Saturday, 15-14 and 18-8, and the other two on the back of Sunday’s doubleheader, 8-5 and 9-8.

The bats started off hot for the Larks. Game one, inning one saw the Larks jump out to a 7-1 lead. The Larks would score at least one run in every inning for the rest of the day. This did not mean the game was over, however. In the fifth and sixth innings the Cougars got their bats going scoring eight and four runs and taking a 14-13 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.

Keeping with the offensive theme of the weekend, the Larks were able to retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth then close the door with a shutout defensive top of the seventh.

The second game on Saturday felt like an extension of game one. More scoring. Josh Stivers went 4-4, scoring five and driving in four. Logan Dryden went 3-4 and David Berzins went 3-3 while driving in two. Kalen Haynes picked up the win on three innings pitched and five strikeouts. “Offensively this was a special weekend,” said Head Coach Kyle Howell.

The special weekend concluded on Sunday afternoon with more winning baseball from the Larks. They were able to keep the every-inning scoring going until the third inning of game three. The Larks needed three in the fourth to recapture the lead and earn a victory in game two. Bradley McBride went the duration on the mound, striking out 12 on five earned runs.

Game four was a little more dramatic as the Cougars and Larks needed extra innings to decide a winner. After Highland knocked in two to start the eighth, the Larks had their work cut out for them. After getting one back on a sacrifice to start the inning, Nariki Fujimura stepped to the plate hoping to drive in the game-tying-run. He singled up the middle, doing just that. Then the shortstop threw the ball away, allowing the Larks to score the game winning run on the defensive error. Just like that the Larks were 4-0 on the weekend.

“I’m really proud of our guys this weekend,” said Coach Howell. “It’s extremely hard to beat anyone four straight times but this puts us in a great spot moving forward.”

Next up for the Larks is NJCAA Region VI D1 competition, Cloud County. Double headers will take place on Friday starting at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at home.

Larks go 1-3 in weekend games in Texas

The Hesston College baseball team headed to Richland Community College for a few days of doubleheaders as the 2018 season is officially underway. Friday the Larks dropped both of their games 6-1 and 4-3. Saturday the teams split with Richland winning game one 13-0 and the Larks taking game two, 4-3.

Head Coach Kyle Howell was pleased with Friday’s overall performance. “We beat ourselves once or twice, but against a good team in Richland that’ll get you,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how our guys rebound”.

It took another game for the Larks to rebound, but after getting beat in the first leg of the doubleheader, the Larks did bounce back to get the win in the fourth game of the series. “I’m really proud of the way this group responded,” said Howell. “We had our backs against the wall and were able to pull out a really good win.”

Harry Park picked up the win going 5 innings giving up two hits compared to four strikeouts. The heart of the lineup came through in game 4 as Ryan Morrissey, Logan Dryden and Kalen Haynes (2) scored. Driving in those runs were Haynes (2), Joshua Stivers and Jonathan Law.

The Larks hope to continue the momentum coming off their first win on Saturday and Sunday in home double headers Northeast Community College.

2018 Larks baseball season starts today

The Hesston College Baseball season starts today in Texas. There they will face Richland Community College for two days of double-headers. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of going to Dallas and getting this season started,” said Head Coach Kyle Howell. The Larks hope that this trip will kick-start a campaign that will allow them to improve upon their 15-38 record from last year.

It all starts with pitching and the Larks are quite young this year. The challenge will be having freshman step up to the challenge and be able to lead from the mound. Coach Howell is “really looking for Jonathan Law and Kalen Haynes to be anchors on the pitching staff. Both players have tremendous stuff and the ability to lead our team.”

On the offensive side, there is room for optimism with the team’s numerous options. “This group has the ability to be pretty special,” said Howell. “High school teammates and freshman, Josh Stivers and Ryan Morrissey, provide instant power and stability to the middle of our lineup. Sophomore Cooper Morgan is a constant force and reliable hitter the plate.”

It will not take long for you to have a chance to catch the Larks at home because Tuesday, February 6, they will take on McPherson College for one game starting at 3 p.m. They will stay at home for the remainder of the week when they take on Northeast Community College for double headers on Saturday and Sunday February 10-11. First pitch will take place at noon. The Larks will also have three more home double headers in the month of February.

Where are they now? Hesston baseball players Go Everywhere

NJCAA baseball is the big time with players getting drafted while others moving on to other schools to continue their academic and athletic careers. At Hesston College, it is no different. The coaching staff does an amazing job helping players reach their potential and continue to have an opportunity to play baseball for at least two more years.

“This list of players and their commitments gets me so excited!” says Head Coach Kyle Howell, “It’s the conclusion of their careers here at Hesston but the start of their next stage and journey.”

Here is where last two years of players are playing baseball this season:

2016

NCAA – DI

  • Daulton Horton – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Cody Widman – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

NCAA – DII

  • Collin Loutensock – Newman University
  • Jake Shelby – Tarleton State University

NCAA – DIII

  • AJ Chalupka – University of the Ozarks
  • Bryce Elder – University of the Ozarks

NAIA

  • Andrew Berry – University of Saint Mary
  • Caleb Geary – Hastings College (Track)
  • Conner Gillihan – Missouri Valley College
  • Luis Marinez – Ecclesia College
  • Hayden Pentecost – Benedictine College
  • Alex Perez – Southeastern University
  • Brandon Shoemaker – Bethany College
  • Jimmy Yandell – Bethany College

2017

NCAA – DI

  • Pietro Oliva – Savannah State University**
  • Carter Hohn – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff*

NCAA – DII

  • Andrew Aldana – Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Kyler Cox – Fort Hays State University
  • Charles Elam – William Jewell College
  • Isaiah Martinez – Southwestern OK State University
  • Jayro Rivera – Barber Scotia College
  • Jake Salinas – Southeastern OK State University

NCAA – DIII

  • Sam Carrillo – Sul Ross State University
  • Jayden Banks – LeTourneau University

NAIA

  • Nelson Martinez – Hannibal LaGrange College
  • Pietro Oliva – Central Baptist College**

** Dual Signee
* Committed but will attend Driveline (Seattle, WA)

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.

Baseball falls to Cougars

Hesston Baseball lost 12-4 to Barton Community College Tuesday night in Great Bend.

The Cougars jumped out front early and enjoyed a double digit lead at 12-2 in the 5th inning. Sophomore Jonathan Law (El Paso, Texas) cracked a solo home run and Hesston College added another run in the inning to pull within 12-4. No more runs were scored as both bullpens pitched efficiently in the later innings.

Barton CC (34-13) has won seven straight after dropping the visiting Larks (11-36). Hesston College will return to the field on Friday April 21, when they welcome North Arkansas Community College. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Larks baseball falls to T-Birds

Hesston College baseball were swept by visiting Cloud County Community College 6-2, 16-6 on Tuesday night at Oswald Field on the campus of Hesston College.

After taking a 1-0 lead in game one, the Larks gave up three runs in the second inning on a two-run single by T-Birds sophomore Jacob Grady. The T-Birds would hold a 4-2 lead until the seventh inning when the Larks forced in a run on a bases loaded walk, followed by an RBI single to take the score to 6-2 in favor of Cloud County.

Hesston was unable to hang with the T-Birds in the nightcap, as Cloud County got that bats going, early and often. The T-birds made quick work of the Larks going up 9-0 through two innings, scoring 15 of its 16 runs in the first three innings. The Larks pitching staff gave up 23 hits over the two-game set with Cloud County. Hesston’s hurlers will look to get back on track with a busy schedule next week.

Sophomore David Johns recorded the win for Cloud County on the mound. Hesston freshman Andrew Huckaby (Conway, Mo.) picked up the loss for the Larks.

Next: Baseball takes on Redlands CC (El Reno, Okla.) on Monday, April 17. The Larks split with the Cougars on March 28 in Hesston, dropping the first game 9-2, before winning 5-4. First pitch from El Reno will be at 1 p.m.