LAKIN — Two district foes met in a doubleheader in Lakin in what might be a matchup in the regional playoffs next month.
Hugoton, who came in as the current fifth seed, took out the home Broncs 27-3 and 12-7 to move ahead of them for the current fourth seed.
Lakin's lone senior, Logan Gugelmeyer, started game one in his first action all season due to a wrist injury.
After getting the first two batters on fly outs, Gugelmeyer gave up a single and two doubles as Hugoton took a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles scored four more times in the second and then jumped all over the Broncs' relief pitchers, scoring three in the third and then exploding for 18 runs in the fourth.
Altogether, the Eagles had 11 hits, five of them doubles, and took advantage of 10 Lakin errors.
Hugoton sent 23 batters to the plate in the fourth, with 18 of them scoring to cruise to the win.
Michael Mirabal got the win, striking out five and walking two in the marathon first game.
He also picked up three doubles in his five plate appearances.
In game two, Hugoton took a 5-1 lead into the third inning, but the Broncs loaded the bases with two outs but squeezed out just one run on a hit batsman.
Down 7-2 going into their half of the fourth, Lakin loaded the bases again, this time plating three to keep it close.
Matt Morgan hit Lakin’s first home run of the season, Lakin’s only extra base hit of the game.
Hugoton had three doubles, including two by Ivan Valles.
Hugoton coach Tanner Rindels saw his team improve to 7-8 as the post-season approaches. As the season has progressed with just 12 players on this roster, he sees his team's prowess improving.
"We're definitely coming around. Some games we'll have the pitching but not the hitting and other games we'll score runs but won't have the pitching," he said. "It's been kind of a struggle to put both together in the same game, but that's where we're starting to focus on both."
Now he sees his squad figuring things out.
"They're definitely coming into their own from where we started," Rindels said. "We've had to move some guys around, and they seem to have found their spots. Even with the numbers being down, the players we do have, the majority of them have varsity experience, and the ones I don't, I coached them on JV last year, so they know what's expected of them."
Lakin (6-10) will host Cimarron Monday.