The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 11, 2006 · Page 13
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World Cup roundup SUNDAY, .JUNE 11,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS :R / Hays Daily News Hays Legion second baseman Josh Post leaps for the high throw as Southern Colorado baserunrier Nick Grass! steals second in Saturday night's game at Larks Park. . . Hays notches victory Eagles win first game Saturday after pair of losses on Friday By NABIL SHAHEEN HAYS DAJLY NEWS ., • After a rough start to the Fort Hays Invitational on Friday, the Hays Legion baseball team needed something, anything, on Saturday night at Larks Park. , The Eagles found what they needed against'Southern Colorado in a 10-6 victo- ry;.in'which the Eagles (4-5) belted out 13 hits, with six of them going for extra bases. Hays concludes invitational play today with a 1:30 p.m. game against Smoky Valley at Larks Park. The Eagles will go with Casey Jacobs (0-1) on the mound. Saturday's win snapped a four-game skid and gave Hays (4-5) its first victory in the tournament. Hays played Omaha late Saturday night. "We needed to get together, figure out what was going on and get it in our head that we need to turn things around," Andy Lewton said. Lewton (2-0) took the mound to start the game and went the distance. He had four strikeouts, with one walk and two earned runs. "This was a lot about (Friday)," Lewton said. "Coach was looking for someone to really step up. We just needed someone to get it done on the mound and get the sticks rolling and we all did a good job of that today." • Lewton, who was O-for-7 on Friday, turned all that around-Saturday night, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He started the game throwing 38 pitches in the first inning and "from there we just cruised," said Hays coach Lyle Befort, who started calling the pitches after that. "They were a good hitting squad," Lewton said. "I've been scouting them all day and they're all right. They could do it If you give it to them, but I kept away from them." One batter the Gamers did not keep it away from was Eagles right fielder Jacobs, who took a 3-0 pitch in the third inning deep into left field for a solo home run. "That helped a lot," Lewton said. "He launched it pretty good. Tied it up, got us going and fired us back up. He got the job done, did real well." The solo shot tied the game at 4-4 and Hays responded with a three-run fourth to take its first lead of the weekend. SEE HAYS, PAGE B4 Weshan's Cox loads Host to win By NICK MCQUEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS BELOIT — Last summer, Weskan standout Beau Cox set a record for the longest reception from scrimmage In the Eight- Man, Division II All-Star Game at Trojan Field. Cox's 68-yard reception from Haviland's Michael Choate in the West squad's 44-40 win raised the bar in 2005. This year, records were set by a different Cox. Weskan's Gabe Cox blew two records right out of the water in the West's 42-21 win in Saturday's 21st annual game. In the Division I game, the West also won, 34-8. Cox scored three touchdowns, rushed for 220 yards and garnered the all-star game's longest running play from scrimmage with his 75-yard quarterback keeper down the left side to start the third quarter. Cox's long run broke the former record of 73 yards, set by Shane Baird of Almena-Northern Valley hi 1986. Cox's rushing total broke the previous record of 173 set by Midway-Denton's Tyler Martin, also in 1986. "It was pretty wide open. The • line did such a good job of blocking," Gabe Cox said of his scoring run. "I really didn't have to do too much, just run in open green." Cox also scored on runs of 49 and 44 yards as the West squad won for the second time in a row and and have now won twice since the all-star event went to two divisions in 2001. The West offense put up 472 total yards, while the defense held the East to just 13 points through three quarters. "We knew our offense was going to be solid and had a good defensive line," said West coach Grant Salmans of Montezuma. South Gray. "Thev/^nded up passing a lot aijd tlprajfe just played ' well." ';;"' r 1 *™ Palco running back Rodney Landis got a piece of the action for the state runner-up Roosters. Landis tacked on two touchdowns for the West squad, one a 2-yard run to put the West up 8-0 late in the first quarter. "It's a lot of fun to get to know the guys that you've played against all year long," Landis said, referring to the team's week-long training camp. "On offense and defense, we really had great chemistry." Landis and Cox handled the bulk of the scoring for the West squad, combining for five touchdowns. Landis tacked on the final score of the day. "This is a great opportunity," Landis said. "It's cool to come out here and represent your school and your community." Northern Valley running back Clarke Nelson came away with a solid chunk of the West's yardage, carrying the ball 11 times for 60 yards. Former Husky teammate, defensive back Joey Copper, was solid on defense. Copper made two interceptions from East starting quarterback Kevin Midgett of Chetopa. Cox credited the good play to becoming a close-knit team in such a short time. "In that first hour of that first day, we were already playing well as a team," he said. "That's what it takes to be a good team." The West defense did bend a little in the fourth quarter, allowing a 27-yard touchdown pass by Russ Cossel of Tescott, but the offense put on the final touches with the 15-yard TD run by Landis. "They had more size than us, but we thought our speed and offensive scheme could beat them and it did," Landis said. "You wouldn't expect that after just one week, but we did it." Defense lifts West In the past two seasons of the Eight-Man Division I All-Star Game, the final outcome has been decided by which team plays better defense. Saturday's . game was no different. There wasjvjgj a little more off.ense v fpr the "wlfining team. The West squad pitched a near-shutout, not giving up a score until the fourth quarter in a 34-8 victory over the East. SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE B4 Larks take series opener BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS JOPLIN, Mo. — Going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, shortstop Ross Brezovsky kept the Hays Larks unbeaten on the season. Hays (3-0 overall, 2-0 Jayhawk League), came away with a 7-2 victory over the Southwest (Mo.) Slashers in the first of a four- game league series Friday night. The teams were to play a doubleheader Saturday night and a single game tonight. Brezovsky was one of four Larks with multiple hits, along with right fielder Dallas Christison, first baseman Dan Stovall and left fielder Billy Sharp, each with two hits. Hays scored five runs in the first three innings and tacked on two more in the ninth. Second Hays 7, Southwest 2 Hays (3-0,1-0) 023 000 002 — 7 10 0 Southwest (Mo.) 000 020 000 —2 42 Murray, Elam (8) and Day; Vine, Ozbun (6), Hardin (9) and Peterson. W — Murray (2-0). L — Vine. 2B — Knight, Thompson, Pena, Southwest. baseman Dan Russell had an RBI in the Larks' two-run second inning and an RBI in the ninth. Designated hitter Dusty Washburn also drove in a run. Hays starter Justin Murray pitched 7% innings to improve to 2-0 on the season. Murray gave up four hits with two runs scored. He walked three and struck out seven before being relieved by Sam Elam in the eighth. Hays is in its home opener Tuesday night against Salina at Larks Park. Devil Rays sting Royals, KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tampa Bay's lineup is much more dangerous when Jorge Cantu and Rocco Baldelli are healthy Cantu had four hits, Baldelli added an RBI single and Casey Possum pitched six strong innings to lead the Devil Rays past the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Saturday. "I'm starting to get comfortable," said Cantu, who missed 39 games with a broken left foot. "The offense is doing great right now. I'm just another bat in the lineup. We've got most of our original lineup back. Rocco and me are trying to get back in the group. Once this gets going, watch out," Baldelli missed 2005 and the first two months of this season because of injuries. He returned Wednesday and got two hits on Friday. "It's tyst like old days," said Cantu." Reggie Sanders hit his 300th career home run, a two-run shot in the ninth for the Royals off ChadHaryUle. SEE KC, PAQE 63 All that Jazil at Belmont HENNY RAY ASRAM8 / AM9«l«t»d Prt« l, with Fernando Jara aboard, wins the 133th Belmont Stake* at Belmont Park In Elmont, New York, on Saturday. NEW YORK (AP) — For a few minutes, thoroughbred racing escaped the shadow of Barbaro. Jazil dazzled in the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, winning the final leg of the Triple Crown over a lackluster field missing the injured Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness winner Bernardini. But in the 2:27.86 it took to cover the 1^-mile Belmont, Jazil gave the cheering fans a chance to forget about Barbara's horrifying breakdown three weeks ago in the Preakness. The 3-year-old colt was given a superb ride'by 18-year-old Panamanian jockey Fernando Jara, who steadily rallied Jazil from last-to-first for a U/4-length victory over Bluegrass Cat. "You don't know how J feel, right now," Jara said, who started riding in the United States two years ago. "This is amazing." Jara not only won his first Triple Crown race, but also helped a few prominent names in racing win theirs — trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Dubai Sheik Hamdan, who operates Shadwell Stable. "It is very hard to describe my feeling," said McLaughlin, who trained for Sheik Hamdan in Dubai for nearly 10 years before returning home three years ago. "The people at Shadwell have been my biggest supporters for the last 12 years. It's great to win this race for your favorite people." The win gave the sheiks of Dubai a second straight win in a classic. Bernardini is owned by Sheik Mohammed's Darley Stable. Jazil wove his way through the tightly packed 12-horse field, and Jara angled his bay colt to the outside for the stretch run. "When he made the lead, I started looking for the wire," McLaughlin said. "But when you make the lead and no one's gaining on you, it's a good feeling." This Belmont marked the third time in 36 years that the Derby and Preakness winners missed the race, and relegated it to more of a test of the leftovers than its usual reference as the "Test of the Champion." Jazil returned $14.40, $6.70 and $4.70. Trainer Todd Fletcher had the second and third-place finishers. Bluegrass Cat paid $6.40 and $4.70, while Sunriver paid $6.10. US, hopes to cut Czech down to size HAMBURG, Germany Jan Roller is perched at the top of the Czech offense, sticking out like a redwood, a 6-foot-7K- inch target towering above defenders and teammates,

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