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Wichita State advances to MVC semifinals after beating Southern Illinois -3/6/2015, 6:12 PM

Tiger women roll in MIAA quarterfinal -3/6/2015, 5:13 PM

Vitztum, TMP boys storm by Colby -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

Mickelson could play another big role for KU -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

Hoxie ties record, has bigger goals in mind -3/6/2015, 11:05 AM

Berens' big night keys HHS win -3/6/2015, 10:27 AM

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MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

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Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

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3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

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Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

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TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

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Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

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FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

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Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

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Larks' Reavis can be wild, but efficient

Published on -7/28/2012, 10:07 PM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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When he enters a contest, Hays Larks closer Colton Reavis will sometimes throw a few pitches out of the strike zone, or possibly to the screen behind home plate.

"I don't exactly know where it is going," Reavis said. "During my warmup pitches, I just try to let it go as hard as I can and wherever it goes, I really don't care."

However, once a batter steps in the box, Reavis still throws as hard as he can -- mainly with his four-seam fastball. This time, Reavis consistently throws strikes. The routine and Reavis' velocity have helped him become a potential record-setting closer this summer.

"It's not always intentional, but I have had catchers tell me, 'It's good, it's effective,' " Reavis said of the warmups. "(Batters) know that it might hit them. They change their approach a little bit. I tend to do it every now and then.

"I throw one or two pitches back there and then I will get the dugout chirping a little bit saying, 'He is wild and make him throw a strike,' " he added. "Then, they will get in there and then I will throw a strike. It's definitely a mind game."

Reavis' effective wildness has helped him post a 1-0 record and a 0.00 earned-run average in 16 appearances for Hays. He has pitched 18.1 innings and permitted just four hits and two unearned runs with a 27/8 strikeout to walk rate and .068 opponents' batting average. His seven saves are tied for eighth on the all-time Larks list.

Reavis, a Paris, Tex. native from Northwood (Tex.) University, could become the first pitcher in Larks annals to never allow an earned run in a season. Hays shortstop Elvin Rodriguez said only one pitcher, from El Dorado, had velocity comparable to Reavis this summer.

Reavis estimates he throws the four-seam fastball 85 percent of the time. Catcher Brett Lang said it was closer to 95 to 96 percent. Reavis was uncertain how hard he threw, but estimated his fastball to hit low-90s.

"We call him 'Gunslinger' for a reason," Lang said. "I like to make fun of him and saying that he only has one pitch, that being a fastball. He doesn't really take too kindly to that. He claims that he has a curveball, and a slider or a splitter, but I have never seen it."

The current record is 0.48 by Stephen Marek in 2004. Just six pitchers have an ERA under 1.00 in Larks' history. On Monday, Hays (29-11) will face Greeley (Colo.) Sox in the first round of the National Baseball Congress World Series at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

"You can't help but want to put a guy in there who hasn't given up a run this season," pitching coach Keith Harper said. "It's unheard of. But in the right situations, he has pitched well enough to get out of those situations where runs could have scored. His velocity definitely is the key. He has a good breaking pitch if he needs it, but his velocity is pretty good."

Reavis first closed for two years at NCAA Division I University of Texas-San Antonio, but transferred to NAIA Northwood this past spring and pitched sparingly.

"It had to do a lot with hours at school, I didn't have quite enough hours to compete in the spring, so I transferred so I could play last semester," Reavis said.

Reavis was planning on heading home and just working a summer job. However, Rodriguez, in his third season as the Larks' shortstop, talked to Reavis in May and said the program needed pitching. Rodriguez, Reavis and reliever Jason Heflin came from Northwood to the Larks. At the start of the season, Larks manager Frank Leo labeled closer a question mark after Michael Burchett saved 10 games and posted a 1.15 ERA last year.

Other players told Reavis about Burchett, but Reavis never felt pressure to replace or match Burchett's numbers. Reavis was in the mix for closer at the start of the summer and felt the position was his in midseason.

"It's a little bit different when he gets on the mound," Harper, who also catches bullpen sessions, said. "It gets there a little quicker, and I knew we had something special. ... It's explosive. It's legit. I don't like having to catch those, but when I see one like that, my eyes light up, and it wasn't hard to figure who our closer was going to be."

While the four-seam fastball has produced a team-high 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings, Reavis credited the defense for helping him navigate through several jams.

"He is as advertised," Leo said. "He hasn't let us down. He is so poised out there. You have got to have ice in your veins when you are the closer. He looks very relaxed out there. He has went to 3-2 counts a couple times and still came back and made pitches when he needed to."

Generally, Reavis' key pitches have come with the fastball. While some pitchers use a two-seam fastball for sink and movement, Reavis stays with the one pitch.

"Tend to throw my two-seam over everyone's head or at the batter, so I don't throw it too much, not have as much control over it," he said.

Reavis said the pitch "is pretty straight most of the time," but the velocity and the warmup sessions help to keep the batters off balance. Through two months, it's produced a near-perfect season.

"In a summer league, with wood bats, it's fine, but with a little bit different competition, I wouldn't just use the fastball," he said. "I really live and die with the fastball. On out pitches, on 0-2 counts or whatever, or whenever I need a strikeout, I will go to something else. I usually go for the fastball, try and strike people out."

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