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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

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

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

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

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

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

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

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

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

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

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

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

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

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

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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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

Girls

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

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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Larks Notes: Close games theme of tournament

Published on -8/5/2012, 8:26 PM

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By NICK McQUEEN

nmcqueen@dailynews.net

WICHITA -- Especially in the elimination bracket of the National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, tight-knit contests can take their toll on the nerves.

When it's win-or-go-home, every play counts. Every pitch counts, and every mistake counts. That seems to be even more obvious in this year's tournament. The 78th version at the historic ball park has produced more than a handful of nail-biters.

The most recent was the Hays Larks' third contest in the bracket. It was also the Larks' third game decided by one run. After starting the tournament with a 2-1 loss to the Greeley (Colo.) Grays, the Larks have squeaked out a pair of 3-2 victories to stay alive. Hays was 6-4 in one-run games entering tournament.

"I guess that's the M.O. for this tournament," Larks manager Frank Leo said after his squad rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 early Saturday morning against the Newton Rebels.

"You can't make any mistakes," he added. "They made a great relay to keep us off the board, and we did some good things defensively -- nothing really flashy, but we made the defensive plays when we had to and made the pitches when we had to."

Doing what you have to do becomes even more important in tight ball games, of which there have been plenty. After Friday's round and 35 games played, 17 games had been decided by one run. Of those games, five were been decided by two runs. In 12 of those contests, the winning team scored three runs or less.

"Strike one (is the most important)," said Larks left-handed starter Shawn Lewick, after pitching in Saturday's win. "Strike one and let your defense work. That's really all you can ask for."

Since dropping the opener 2-1, though, the Larks have been battling the nerves in tight ball games, especially on the brink of elimination.

"Right now, we're still a little nervous after that first game," Lewick said. "Nervous can be good, but in a way you can't push, you can't press.

"If we relax, play calm and keeping playing the way we have, we're going to keep winning games," he added.

The way the Larks have been winning games hasn't been the same way they did it all summer long. Hays won 10 straight games and rallied to win its first Jayhawk League title since 2008, and did it with a potent offense that averaged nearly seven runs per contest. The Larks have scored just eight runs through three games.

"We have to grind hard -- grind out every at-bat, every play," Larks right fielder Austin Darby said after Monday's loss to open the tourney. "You have to bust your butt and work hard, and hope things fall in your favor."

Still, Leo knows the Larks' offense is there. In Saturday's win, Hays showed glimpses of what it had done this summer with a pair of triples, one each from Zair Koeiman and Brett Lang. Both resulted in runs in the contest. Hays finished with 10 hits in the ball game, but it left 12 runners stranded, seven in scoring position.

Humes makes debut

With second-year Lark Jon Ryan ailing with a sore back, the Larks got some relief in the form of Adam Humes, who made his debut Saturday. Humes, a teammate of Colton Reavis, Jason Heflin and Elvin Rodriguez at Northwood (Texas) University, reached base twice, once on a fielders choice and the other on a Newton error. Humes, who Leo said the Larks almost had on their roster all summer, spent the season in Alaska, playing for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinoooks. He batted .313 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBIs. This spring, Humes earned his second all-Red River Athletic Conference first-team selection as catcher for the Knights. He was first team as a freshman, second team as a sophomore, and first team again this spring. Saturday, he batted seventh for the Larks in the DH spot.

Pitchers going deep

Lewick's seven-plus-inning appearance Saturday was the third solid outing for the Larks in as many games. In the first two, Justin Ziegler and Joey Begel pitched complete games, and the Larks have used just two innings out of the bullpen.

Begel, who tossed his second complete game of the summer in Wednesday's win, said the pitch clock (20 seconds at the NBC) has been a big factor. His complete game lasted just 1 hour, 25 minutes.

"I usually pitch quick games -- probably not this quick," he said after Wednesday's win. "I'm a quick guy, but (the pitch clock) keeps them from stepping out and taking away my rhythm."

Jayhawk League

Both still in the winners' side of the bracket, Dodge City and El Dorado were both set to play Saturday, but all five Jayhawk League teams are still alive in the NBC field.

Liberal suffered its first loss Wednesday, 4-3, to Hutchinson but stayed alive Friday with a 3-2 win in 11 innings against the Colorado Sox. Haysville, the league's worst team this season, earned an automatic bid by way of the Midwest Regional. The Heat won again Friday night, 8-6, and will face the Greeley Grays today in the winners' bracket.

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