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Hays, KS Larks

Rocky Mountain Baseball League Champion

Rocky Mountain Baseball League
The Larks make their 19th MWE appearance after going 2-2 (14th place) in 2019 … Hays has four MWE runner-up finishes (and one in 1995 for a total of five) to go with three third-place finishes and three more fourth/fifth place awards. The Larks, granted an at-large bid, won the Rocky Mountain Baseball League title.
The city of Hays has a long-standing baseball history. Records show that the game was played as early as 1869 as a team of soldiers from Fort Hays challenged the Hays Town Team to a game. The Larks have had their share of marquee names: Jim Leyritz (1985), Lance Berkman (1995), and Albert Pujols (1999) and Jack Wilson (1996). Several others have gone onto play in the Major Leagues.
In the 2019 NBC World Series, the Larks had a fielding percentage of .979, good for fifth-best among tournament teams. Ken Windholz serves as President of the Hays Larks Board. The Larks are led by head coach Frank Leo and is assisted by Keith Harper and Bryce Baumwart.
August 3, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kan.
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WICHITA, Kan. – The Hays Larks defeated the KCCBA All-Stars by run-rule 10-0 in the opening round of the NBC World Series powered by Evergy. 

The Larks had three players collect a multi-hit game, with Wyatt Divis from UT Arlington only allowing two hits on the mound to earn the shutout victory for Hays. 

After snatching the early 2-0 lead following the first inning, the Larks added another insurance run in the top of the fourth off a sacrifice grounder to make it a three-run game. Hays continued to answer offensively with four runs in the top of the fifth, drawing three bases-loaded walks and scoring another run off a hit by pitch. 

Following two singles in the top of the seventh inning, the Larks scored two more runs off a fielding error to make it a 9-0 game. A double from Max McGuire drove in the 10th run for the Larks, allowing Hays to claim the first round victory in a run-rule. 

The Larks advance to the winners bracket on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Hutchinson, facing either Lonestar, TX Baseball Club or Houston, TX MVP Prospects. The KCCBA All-Stars will play at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Hutchinson, with its opponent to be determined.

August 4, Hobart-Detter Field, Hutchinson, Kan.
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Behind 11 strikeouts in six innings from Carlos Tavera, the Hays, KS Larks defeated the Lonestar, TX Baseball Club 5-3 in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Tuesday night at Hobart-Detter Field.

Cruz Aranda led the Larks offensively with three hits in five at-bats, with a total of four players from Hays recording a multi-hit game. Lonestar’s Ronnie Bailey and Max Puls recorded two hits each.

Puls came up with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring the game’s first run off a sacrifice fly to center field. Two fielding errors allowed Lonestar to score another run and lead 2-0 later in the inning.

Two singles in the top of the fifth inning allowed Hays to tie the game up 2-2, with a wild pitch after a triple by Aranda in the top of the sixth inning giving the Larks the one-run lead. Lonestar knotted the game at three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Larks scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning off a fielding error and a single to keep the two-run lead.

Hays takes on the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs on Thursday in Wichita while Lonestar will face the Houston, TX Express on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Hutchinson.

August 6, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
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WICHITA, Kan. – The Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs advanced in the winner’s bracket in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Thursday at Eck Stadium, defeating the Hays, KS Larks 2-1.

Cheney won the pitcher’s duel despite only coming up with five hits as a team on the night, with Brennen van Breusegen going 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Larks in offense.

Hays got on the board first with an RBI single from Corbin Truslow following a two-out double in the top of the fourth inning, Davis Sims from Western Kentucky managed to get the game tied for the Diamond Dawgs in the next half inning with an RBI single. Following a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning, George Specht collected an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Cheney the 2-1 lead.

The Larks managed to get two runners on base in the top of the ninth by drawing a hit by pitch and coming up with a single to shortstop. Diamond Dawgs’ closer Jeff Wilson, however, forced a fielder’s choice groundout and forced a strikeout to secure the win for Cheney.

Cheney will play either the Santa Barbara, CA Foresters or the Liberal, KS Bee Jays on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita.

August 7, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kan.
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WICHITA, Kan. – Behind two home runs and five RBIs from Clayton Chadwick, the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs defeated the Hays, KS Larks 11-3 by run-rule in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Friday night at Eck Stadium.

Chadwick (Sam Houston State) tied the single season record for home runs in Monarchs program history, bringing his total to nine in 2020. Jake Hamilton earned the win for Hutchinson with three strikeouts in five innings while Ryan Ruder came up with four strikeouts in four innings pitched for Liberal.

The Larks jumped on the board in the top of the first inning, with Corbin Truslow coming up with a two-run home run to put the Larks on top first. After Chadwick’s first home run in the bottom of the third inning, the Monarchs used a seven-run bottom of the fifth inning to open the gap.

A fielder’s choice and bases loaded walk scored two runs before loading the bases, with Chadwick capitalizing with his second grand slam of the summer season and third home run of the NBC World Series to put the Monarchs ahead 8-2. Following an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Monarchs finished off the job with another RBI single and a double stolen base in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Monarchs face the Houston, TX Express on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita.

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