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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

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

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

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3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

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

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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

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

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

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

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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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HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

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Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

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

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

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

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WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

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Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

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

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Larks lose in extra innings

Published on -7/2/2013, 10:23 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL
cnicholl@dailynews.net
After Hays Larks' home games, manager Frank Leo normally allows his team to mill around with friends and family for a few minutes, sign some autographs and play with the younger kids who come onto the field after the contest. Generally, 10-15 minutes after the game is finished and the ballpark is nearly empty, Leo will gather his team just outside the third-base dugout.
On Monday, though, the Larks took their third straight home loss to Wellington, 8-7, in 11 innings. Hays hit three homers, two from catcher Taylor Petersen, including a grand slam. However, Hays committed two errors, one by third baseman Ty Gilmore in the ninth inning. Center fielder Desmond Roberts also lost a fly ball in the dusk in the ninth, two plays that allowed the Heat to tie the game.
As well, starter Colin Hightower left the game in the first inning with a possible season-ending arm injury, assistant coach Dustin Washburn was ejected in the sixth inning and the Larks lost the tying run at the plate in the 11th inning.
Immediately after the game ended, Leo gathered his team together.
"That was a very tough loss for our guys," Leo said. "They battle hard and some unfortunate things happened for those guys to get back in the game. ... That's just the way this whole series went. They seemed to have that karma this weekend that coaxed balls to find the grass, to find the holes. For us to make some mistakes. They capitalized on everything."
Hays dropped to 19-6, 13-6 Jayhawk League, while Wellington moved to 16-9, 12-9. The Larks will conclude the seven-game homestand, the longest of the season, tonight against Dodge City.
"It's tough, but that's just kind of how baseball is," Roberts said. "You get to come out (today) and play. I know we all took this one to heart. We are going to bounce back."
In the first inning, Hightower pitched to just six batters before Brandon Anderson relieved.
"He could be done for the year," Leo said. "Didn't feel good in the bullpen. Should have told us that before he started the night. Didn't feel good when he went out there."
Hightower allowed one run on three hits with a walk and collected two outs. Anderson battled through 4.1 innings and allowed two runs.
Anderson is about 14 months removed from labrum surgery and hurt his shoulder June 7 against El Dorado and missed some time. He has made two relief appearances since his return.
"Just kind of the same thing that happened to me a few weeks ago," Anderson said. "Kind of a funny situation. Now, I am the guy coming in to pick him up. That's what I told myself. They picked me up a couple of weekends ago. It was my turn to return the favor."
Hays and the fanbase were displeased with several ball/strike calls. However, the Larks had just nine position players because Josh White and Aaron Cornell (injuries) and Cody Daily (out of town) weren't available. Austin Unrein, a Hays High standout, was in uniform for the Larks. In the sixth, Jake Platczek struck out  looking and
Washburn ended up being ejected.
"The main thing that coach Washburn did, he charged out there to get Jake back in the dugout," Leo said. "We are operating with nine position players and I have got to give our guys credit, because we have no options. These guys have got to get out there, and they have got to stay out there until we get some reinforcements in here."
"He was going out to protect Platczek," Leo added. "The umpire was coming his way ready to do something instead of just getting back and staying away. He was following Jake, which I don't understand why. That was not a frustration thing. He was out defending our guy making sure nothing happened and got caught up in the heat of the moment."
Petersen hit a solo shot in the first and then delivered a grand slam in the fifth inning. As well, Brett Lang hit a solo shot in the eighth. Hays hit seven homers in the series. Hays led 7-5 entering the top of the ninth with closer David Owen, who had yet to allow an earned run this season, on the mound. However, Gilmore committed an error on Aaron Siple to lead off the inning, his third miscue of the series. In addition, Gilmore couldn't get a bunt down in the 11th.
"We haven't seen Ty do that," Leo said. "He didn't have a strong defensive series. He squared up a few balls for us, but his game is the bunt game."
After a popout, Joe Williams hit a routine fly ball to center field that Roberts lost. The ball dropped for a double. A single and force out tied the game.
"It's tough to see," Roberts said. "There is a cloud like right behind home plate, so if it went up, you couldn't see it. Then, right as it was hit, I lost it. I had no idea where it was."
"It's the dusk," Leo added. "It's that time of night. There is about a 15-minute period where it's not quite dark enough and the sun is going down. It's unfortunate we had to be on defense when that happened. Their guy partially lost one the inning before."
In the 11th, Hays had a chance to tie, but Mackenzie Handel was thrown out in a controversial call at home — "a blown call," Roberts said — and Zair Koeiman grounded out with the winning run at first to end the game.
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