Larks fighting injuries

By The Hays Daily News

The Jayhawk League-leading Hays Larks continue to have injury issues. In the last 36 hours, manager Frank Leo has announced the following changes. Starting pitcher Jeff Chesnut was removed from the fourth inning in Wednesday's 15-11 road victory against Dodge City.

Sophomore outfielder Blair Beck, a sophomore outfielder from Midland (Tex.) Community College who has signed to play at Kansas next year, joined the team and went 2 of 5 with two RBIs. The Larks delivered 15 hits, including a 4 of 5 night with three runs scored and four RBI from third baseman Ty Gilmore and 3 of 5 with two runs scored and four RBI from left fielder Clayton Garland.

Hays scored all of its runs in the first five innings with two in the first, two in the second, six in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth. Dodge City had 14 hits and committed three errors. The A's had one run in the first, two in the second, seven in the fourth and one in the sixth. Ian Benthly, the Larks' third of six pitchers, worked two innings and allowed one run with six strikeouts.

Catcher Brett Lang reinjured his quad Tuesday night and is done for the summer. Lang hurt his quad in the spring for UNC-Charlotte and was in his second year of playing for the Larks. Catcher Josh White (back) is done for the summer with a back injury.

Center fielder Aaron Cornell (knee) was expected to return Friday night against Liberal. Reliever Dalton Viner (mom illness) should return the team early next week at El Dorado. Starting pitcher Colin Hightower (arm) remains out with no return set. The Larks, down to one catcher, also picked up Spencer Neve, from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Community College.