By RANDY GONZALES
Kirk Jewasko was as good as advertised.
Jewasko, the ace left-hander from Texas' Incarnate Word, made his Larks' debut Friday night against defending Jayhawk League Haysville.
Jewasko allowed one run on three hits in five innings, with two walks and five strikeouts, to pick up the victory in Hays' 5-1 win over Haysville.
Jewasko's breaking pitches made his fastball tough to catch up with, said Hays manager Frank Leo.
"That's his style, he's going to be sneaky quick, because he's got such good offspeed," Leo said. "He can throw for a strike at any time. Offspeed, that fastball looks like 88 (miles per hour).
"He fooled several hitters," Leo added. "Kind of lulled them to sleep with offspeed, all of a sudden -- boom -- it's by you."
The Larks got to Haysville starter Cory Trudell for two runs in the first. Leadoff man Aaron Cornell was hit by a Trudell pitch, and Cody Gougler walked.
MacKenzie Handel doubled into the left-field corner to score Cornell, and Gougler scored on Cam Brown's RBI groundout.
Cornell led off the third with a homer just to the left of the 405-foot sign in center field for a 3-0 lead, and Jon Ryan hit a ball off the scoreboard in right field in the fourth to make it 4-0. Ryan's blast was the Larks' sixth home run in the last two games, but Leo said he isn't relying on the long ball.
"We don't want to expect the long ball, we want the long ball to happen," Leo said. "We want to manufacture those runs the way we did.
"It's nice to chip in, get one here, get one there," Leo added. "Aaron Cornell's was a blast, that's almost straightaway center. Jon Ryan just smoked it off the scoreboard."
Haysville (4-3 overall, 2-2 Jayhawk) got a run off Jewasko in the fifth, and Leo brought in Hunter Herdt to start the sixth. Herdt worked around a leadoff walk in the sixth, but got into trouble in the seventh. The first two hitters singled, bringing the tying run to the plate in Seth Dutton. Dutton hit a high drive to left field which was caught by Gougler on the warning track.
"To me, it didn't look like it got all of the barrel, but you never know, it got out there pretty quick," Leo said. "Thank goodness he didn't get it on the full part of the barrel."
With two outs, Herdt issued a walk to load the bases for Heat leadoff man Walker Davidson. Herdt got out of inning by jamming Davidson inside for a grounder to first.
Gougler's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh made it 5-1.
Larks closer Michael Burchett pitched a scoreless eighth, and Justin Ziegler pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Hays (4-2, 1-1).
"Every win's important," Leo said. "You enjoy that, you enjoy it for a short time, because tomorrow's another day."
The two teams were scheduled to play again Saturday night and today at 7 p.m. in the series finale at Larks Park. Today's game is Military Appreciation Night. All veterans are invited to attend, and will be honored before the game at 6:45 p.m.