The at-bat was starting to become comical to Daryl Myers.
After falling behind 0-2 at the plate in the sixth inning Friday against the Haysville Aviators, the Hays Larks’ infielder captivated the crowd with a 14-pitch battle against Aviators pitcher Andres Hackman.
The fans got behind Myers after he continued to foul off pitches to stay alive.
“It got to the point where I was like, ‘Oh, this is a long one,’ ” Myers said. “I started laughing. The crowd started cheering. It made it just really cool.”
Myers finally won the marathon with a single through the right side and later smacked a three-run homer to help fuel a 9-1 win as the Larks celebrated Military Appreciation Night at Larks Park.
After a first-pitch strike, the Benedictine Raven fouled off four straight pitches then worked the count to 2-2. He fouled off three more, took ball three, then fought off two more pitches before coming through with the hit.
“I knew I was on him, I was just missing him,” Myers said. “I knew if he threw me one, sooner or later I’d hit it.”
Larks manager Frank Leo was among those fascinated by the battle.
“He was down 0-2 and you figure he’s going to wind up chasing something," Leo said. "The more pitches he saw, he was right on a lot of those.
“That’s got to be one of the longest at-bats I’ve witnessed. To wind up getting a base hit out of it, and being the beverage batter on top of it, the crowd was in on every swing. It was just awesome.”
John Rensel Jr. followed Myers with an RBI single and Rensel later came around to score on Matt Munoz’s groundout to make it 4-1.
Myers then broke it open with a three-run home run to right field in the seventh.
“Just kept keeping it simple and got ahold of that one,” Myers said.
Myers will enter his junior year at Benedictine after hitting .365 for the Ravens. He said he's enjoying his time with the Larks.
“It’s been awesome,” he said. “My host family is awesome, Jerry and Judy Rome. Can’t thank them enough, can’t thank the coaches enough for having us here. Just the environment is awesome.”
Easton Kirk and Rensel continued their torrid pace at the plate for the Larks. Kirk went 5-for-5 while Rensel had two doubles and drove in three.
Michael Wong also continued his stellar season on the mound for the Larks, who improved to 17-5 overall and remained first in the Jayhawk League at 11-4. Wong went six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven.
“He got his curveball going, and that’s an outstanding pitch for him,” Leo said.