By The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY -- The Hays Larks dropped their Jayhawk League opener, falling 10-4 to the Dodge City A's on Wednesday night at Cavalier Field. Hays dropped to 2-1, 0-1 in the Jayhawk League, while Dodge City moved to 5-1, 1-1.
Right-hander Patrick Cooper, the Larks' winning pitcher in the season opener on Sunday night, worked 12βΡ3 innings. He permitted three runs (all earned) with two hits, seven walks and two strikeouts, and took the loss. Cooper, 10-4 in his Larks' career, was drafted in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday by the Detroit Tigers. Dodge City scored one in the first, two in the second, five in the third and single runs in the fourth and sixth.
Left-hander Levi Schlick made his Larks' debut after Cooper and worked one inning, permitting five runs (three earned) on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Schlick, a Colby native who batted a team-high .378 and posted a 2.11 earned-run average for Barton County Community College in the spring, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 39th round, pick No. 1178, on Wednesday.
Offensively, infielder/outfielder Brian Martin finished 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored to lead the Larks' offense.
Hays had single runs in the first, third, sixth and eighth innings and picked up seven hits as a team. Hays returns to action Friday against Jayhawk newcomer Haysville in a 7 p.m. game at Larks Park. The game is being promoted as "fan night."
Several former Larks were also drafted. Catcher Rafael Neda, a University of New Mexico product, went in the 10th round to the Milwaukee Brewers, pick No. 309. Neda, a three-year starter for the Lobos, caught for the Larks in 2008. Neda batted .362 with 11 homers his spring. Right-hander Steven Mazur, a University of Notre Dame product, went in the 33rd round, pick No. 988. Mazur was the Jayhawk League Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and pitched for the Larks for two years. Mazur went 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA and a team-high 7 saves with a 29/11 strikeout to walk rate in 261βΡ3 innings.
Jason Kudlock, a utilityman for the 2008 Larks, went in the 36th round, pick No. 1096, to the Texas Rangers. Kudlock, formerly of Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) Community College, went to California State-Bakersfield this spring. Kudlock was one of three CSU Bakersfield picks; they are the first Roadrunners in school history to be selected in the MLB Draft. Kudlock batted .364 with eight homers, 51 RBIs and 40 runs scored.
Left-hander Kenny Toves, a 2009 Lark, was selected in the 21st round by the Marlins, pick No. 647. Toves, from the University of New Mexico, posted a 5-2 record with a 4.59 ERA.