The Dodge City Conquistadors fell short in a late-inning rally to lose to the Hesston Larks 8-7 in a road non-league contest.
The Conqs gave up only five hits, but three errors and inefficient pitching proved to be costly.
The Larks scored five runs in the bottom of the first as Conqs' starter Walker Rainwater could only get one out before being taken out of the game. Rainwater walked three and threw two wild pitches during his short time on the mound.
Scott Cooper scored off a wild pitch and Stefon Griddine recorded a RBI fielders choice before the starter was relieved by Spencer Bedwell. Bedwell gave up a bases-loaded walk before Nick Yoder hit a two-run single to complete the scoring. All of the runs were charged to Rainwater.
The Conqs (28-19) cut the margin to 5-3 by the top of the fourth. Conner Koepp hit a RBI double in the third after Haden Houska got on base with an error and went to third on a passed ball; and Jerry Lacayo hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
Hesston (20-14) answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on two Bedwell wild pitches with runners at third base.
Dodge City cut the margin back to two in the top of the fifth when Houska scored from third on a passed ball after opening the inning with a double and moved to third on a single by Connor Ross. Ross moved to second on the passed ball and scored on a single by Koepp.
Hesston got its final run in the seventh on a throwing error that allowed Preston Hornbeck to score from second base.
The Conqs scored single runs in the eighth on a RBI single by Chris Ramsey with pinch hitter Jacob Bellamy hitting a RBI single in the ninth. Dodge City stranded the tying run at third base and the potential winning run at second with only one out.
The Conqs close out the regular season with a four-game series at Cavalier Field with the Garden City Broncbusters this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader starts at 5:05 p.m.; while Sunday's twinbill starts at 4:05 p.m.