The Dodge City Athletics caused their own lightning show Tuesday night in a 12-1 Jayhawk League victory over the Hays Larks.
The Athletics arrived later than they planned because of having to stop in Spearville because of the thunderstorms that hit the area, but they produced their own thunder later on to get the win at Larks Park.
Dodge City scored two runs in the first and second innings, before scoring four in the third to build an 8-1 lead and earn the victory over the two-time defending league champions. Seven of the runs were charged to Larks' starting pithier David Koll.
Sam Capielano had three hits and knocked in four runs, while Carson Crites also had three hits and two RBIs and Tyler Albert hit a home run in the victory for the Athletics (9-10, 4-10).
Matt Ray threw five innings to get the decision for Dodge City. Ray struck out three while giving up five hits, one run and two walks.
Dalton Thomas and Kevin Phillips hit RBI doubles to account for the runs in the first inning, with Capielano and Crites hit RBI singles to make the score 4-0.
Hays (9-8, 7-8) got its only run of the game in the bottom of the second on a RBI single by Cooper Langley.
Dodge City got its first run after loading the bases on an error, before Capielano hit a two-run single and Crites had his second run-scoring single.
The Athletics made the score 9-1 on a single by Capielano in the fifth and the final runs for the visitors came on Albert's three-run home run.
The two teams play again tonight, this time in Dodge City at Cavalier Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.