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SUNDAY, JUNE 25,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B3 .By NICK MCQUEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS LARKS: Crow to I start tonight CONTINUED PROM PAQE B1 "Good at-bat, got a hit with two strikes," Leo said. "He's hot right now." Billy Sharp came in to run for Stovall, and took off an attempted steal of second on a 2-1 count to Charlie Kingrey Kingrey lined a double into the gap in right-center, scoring Sharp to tie the game. Kingrey moved up to third on Ross Brezovsky's groundout to short, but Dusty Washburn struck out for the second out. Evan Frey who had been O-for-3 in the game, followed with a single to left to score Kingrey with the winning run. "Frey was hitting a lot of ground balls, finally got a line drive," Leo said. Leo said Springston didn't have his best stuff, yet still found a way to keep Nevada from scoring after the Griffons plated two runs in the second. Springston allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. "He battled," Leo said. "His command wasn't as good as you expect it to be. "He did the things that make you become a pitcher," Leo added. Hays (12-7 overall, 9-7 Jayhawk) got just one run in the third after loading the bases with nobody out. Nevada starter Lucas Allen induced two popups to the shortstop before walking Washburn to force in a run. Frey hit into a fielder's choice and Nevada (7-12,3-10) escaped without further damage. Kyle Murphy led off the Hays fourth with an opposite-field double down the line in right, and Kyle Day walked with two out to bring up Stovall. The Larks' first baseman hit a high drive to the opposite field, banging the ball oft" the wall for a double to score Murphy and Day and give Hays a 3- 2 lead. Stovall leads| the Larks with 19 ., -fllB ^ World 8et ^ championshi] ^!Wf*&!&fe Junior Legion wins tourney opener by run rule If the Hays Junior American Legion baseball team heeded any confidence heading into Saturday's games lit the John Bc-llig Memorial Invitational Touf'nftment, Friday night's wins got the job done. the only thing the Eagles were hoping for is that they weren't overconfident heading into Saturday's showdown With Salina,' two of only six losses for Hays on the season, In the Eagles'tourney opener against the Garden City Bandits, Hays batted through the lineup twice in a metty-ruled 11-1 Win after four innings and did much of the same in a 1J2-4 win over Goodland in their second game of the tourney. Both games were played at Hays High School Field. In the Garden City game, David Klaus had a no-hitter going through the first three innings before giving up a single with two outs that scored Garden City's lone run. Klaus picked up his first win of the season, moving to 1-3. He struck out three batters, gave up one hit and walked four. In the first inning, Hays batted through the line up, scoring six runs to take a 6-0 lead with RBIs coming from Geoff Coughlin and Travis Budke. Garden City starter Billy Preston walked two and hit two batters in the inning to go along with two errors on Garden City's defense. Hays batted though nine again in the second, scoring four more runs to make a 10-0 ball game. Sam Rohleder led off the inning with a double and scored the first of four runs an an RBI double by Budke, who was 2-for-2 on the game with a run scored and an RBI. Kelton Rule had a two-RBI single in the inning. FRED HUNT/ Hays Dally News Hays Junior Legion baserunner Matt Malott slides safely Into third base as Garden City third baseman Arric Holmes is late with the tag in the second Inning of Friday's John Boillg Invitational Tournament opener for the Junior Eagles. Hays won the game 11-1 in four Innings. The winning run was scored on a throwing error by Garden City third baseman Arric Holmes, scoring Jesse Stewart from second base. In Friday's nightcap at HHS Field, Budke moved to 2-1 on the season in a five-rinning run-rule win for the Ea- gles. Budke allowed just five Goodland hits, while the Eagles put up 11. Each team committed five errors. Rule, Sam Rohleder and Nathan Meier all recorded doubles in the game. Coughlin was 3-for-3 driving in three runs. Sam Rohleder also had' three RBIs. The Eagles were to play Salina and Colby in action Saturday at HHS Field. Sports reporter Nick McQueen can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 128 or by e-mail at nmcqueen0dallynews.net. Tar Heels on verge of first baseball title in school history OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Chad Flack hit a leadoff triple and rumbled home to score the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the eighth inning, leading North Carolina to a 4-3 victory over Oregon State in the opening game of ,"He had a good year at New Mexico, big hits for them," Leo said. "You expect he would do that kind of thing, but you never know with wood bats." Larks Notes . Monterey, who got the win after after giving up two unearned runs in the seventh, still hasn't allowed an earned run this season in 105! innings.... The Larks turned in two sparkling defensive plays. Third baseman Eric Lawson made a headlong dive to his right to spear a grounder with two out and two on in the third, and threw to first for the out to end the inning. Left fielder Frey made a diving catch of a shallow fly ball in the sixth.... Hays hit four doubles in the game, including two by Stovall, who was 3-for-3 with a walk to increase his batting average to .413, best on the club.... Right-hander Aaron Crow (0-0) is the probable starter for tonight's 7:30 game with Nevada. Sports editor Randy Gonzales can be reached at'(785) 628-1081, ext. 130, or by e-mail at rgonzales&dallynews.net. The Tar Heels (54-13) need to beat the Beavers (48-16) once more in the best-of-three series for their first national title in baseball. With the game tied at 3 in the eighth, Flack hit a hard liner into the right-field corner and slid into third with a triple. With Jay Cox at the plate, reliever Joe Paterson threw an inside pitch that tipped off catcher Mitch Canham's mitt and rolled to the backstop. * 1T s Flack, 64bot-3 and 215 pounds; took off for home as Canham recovered the ball and tossed it to Paterson at the plate — but Flack slid headfirst ahead of the tag. In the ninth, reliever Jonathan Hovis (8-2) issued a leadoff walk to Cliris Kunda, but Andrew Carignan came on after Canham's sacrifice and struck out Darwin Barney and John Wallace for his 15th save. The Tar Heels are trying to become the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to win the College World'Series since Wake Forest' in 1955. Paterson (1-1), who came on in relief of starter Dallas Buck, took the loss for Oregon State. Oregon State took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Cole Gillespie's two-run homer off starter Andrew Miller. Wallace hit a leadoff single and moved to third when the lanky lefty's pickoff attempt went past Flack at first base and into the Beavers' bullpen in right field. '••'••' ua ** -* f >>" ** *' Gillespie reached out and hit a 1-2 pitch from Miller over the right-field wall —just before drenching rains delayed the game for 1 hour and 11 minutes. Friday night Hays win brings three-game losing streak to a halt By RANDY GONZALES HAYS DAILY NEWS Frank Leo needed somebody to stop a three-game losing streak. And to eat some innings, too, to save his bullpen. The Hays Larks' manager got exactly what he wanted' from right-hander Justin Murray in Friday night's Jayhawk League series opener against the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons. Murray pitched eight strong innings to lead Hays to a 92 win at Larks Park. Murray (4-1) scattered six hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. He had a shutout until the eighth, when Nevada (7-11,3-9) scored its two runs. "We needed him tonight," Leo said. "Nobody in the bullpen in this game." Murray retired nine batters hi a row in one stretch over the middle innings. "Very big performance by Murray," Leo said. "He did well early, kept his pitch count low." The Larks got a run in the first on Kyle Day's opposite- Hays 9, Nevada 2 Nevada (Mo.) (7-11, 3-9) 000 000 020 — 2 6 5 Hays (11-7, 8-7) 100 020 51x —9 9 1 Lare, RuHIn (5), Stahl (7), Anthony (7), Holt (8) and Dellasega; Murray, Frey (9) and SodolaK. W — Murray (4-1). L — Lare (0-1). 2B — Kingrey, Hays. HH — Day, Stovall, Hays. field blast over the wall in left, his third of the year. Or did they? Nevada left fielder Josh Barnett claimed the ball went through the fence below the yellow line, and should be a ground-rule double. The umpires huddled, and the call stood. It remained a one-run game until the fifth. The Larks loaded the bases with two outs for Matt Sodolak, who hit a grounder to shortstop Eli Riunler. His throw to first was wild, allowing two runs to score. Hays (11-7,8-7) blew the game open with five runs in the seventh. Luke Stahl, the third of five Nevada pitchers, allowed Day's leadoff single followed by a long home run over the wall in left-center by Dan Stovall, his second of the season. Stahl got into more trouble, sandwiching a sin- gle around a pair of walks to load the bases with nobody out, Ryan Anthony replaced Stahl and walked Billy Sharp to force in another run, arid an error by second baseman Matt Lawson scored another to make it 7-0. With one out, Dallas Christison walked with the bases loaded for the final run of the inning. Hays tacked on its final run in the eighth, Charlie Kingrey led off with a double and scored when Ross Brezovsky's grounder to third was misplayed for an error. Day was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. "Kyle is a tough out," Leo said. Evan Frey, normally an outfielder, pitched a perfect ninth for Hays, striking out the final two batters. Trent Lare (0-1), making his first start of the summer, allowed three runs in four-plus innings to take the loss for Nevada. Sports editor Randy Gonzales can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 130, or by e-mail at rgonzales @ dally news. net. TURNER: Athlete's condition has improved since check in to Wesley Medical Center CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Derrick was in Hays at the time, but Pugh said she was without power for 14 days and without land phone or cellular phone service. She walked and rode a boat for 40 miles before she was able to get gasoline and finally found cellular phone service to call Derrick and update him on the rest of the family. But despite all of that she said nothing she has experienced compares to what she is going through as a mother with her immobile son. "This is even more than that," she said. "He's really never been sick like this. It's just affected me hard just to see him laying there and I can't do anything but rub him. He can't really tell me what's going on in his head. He can't tell me if he's itching, anything. It's just hard." Since May 31, Pugh has been in the room with Derrick. Friends, family, coaches and teammates have come and gone, but Mom remains In the room. Even when her sister came and asked her to come and stay In the hotel with her, Pugh wanted nothing of It. She was staying In the recllner In Derrick's room and she wasn't going anywhere. "Derrick, anytime he opens his eyes they are coming to that chair," Pugh said. "I always tell him, 'Derrick, you don't have to worry about your momma leaving, she's not going no where. As long as you're here I'm here. When you leave, we'll leave together.'" But she'll be the first to tell you how hard that is for her to say. She said she feels helpless at times and fights back tears, comforting Derrick as much as she can before he Is sedated and goes back to sleep. That's when she steps right outside the room. "When I go in the room with him and he's in a lot of pain and tears In his eyes, he doesn't want me to leave, but I know I have to be strong," she said. "When he sleeps I step outside pray andI know God win get me through. Sometimes I know I couldn't hold up and I know that God Kept me going. He gave - -me the strength to be here with roy son." mmm Derrick Turner was going be the heart of a strong nucleus that was returning for Mark Johnson and the Tigers. "He was our second-leading scorer last year and a post guy that will get us rebounds and blocked shots," Johnson said. "You expected for his senior year, outside his playing ability, a guy that can give you stability in his program and that was the difference between two years ago and this year, was having returners." In the 2005-2006 season Turner had a team best 57.8 field goal percentage, second in scoring with 10.1 per game, second in rebounds with 6.0 per game, fourth in assists with 1.3 per game and a feel for blocked shots that brought a raucous crowd to its feet every time. He was No. 1 on the team, blocking 1.4 shots per game. "He's an important guy to have back," Johnson said. "The more guys you have back the more successful you'll be. We're not giving up on him by any means, and we have our fingers crossed. That would just be something really nice, but the main thing is getting him back to do what he wants to do." Mom has talked to her son and knows exactly what he wants to do. She knows he still wants to ball, which was al»o the last time she saw him before being by his side in the hospital — at a home basketball game in February "I said when you get well you're going home," Pugh said. "He ke.pt quiet so I kept asking him, 'Where you going Derrick? You going to Texas? He shook his head no. Heidelberg? No. You going back to Fort Hays? Yes. He loves Fort Hays. You going back to play ball? He shook his head, yeah. I said, 'Son you're 22, whatever you feel like you want to do, you do it. 1 " The Tiger head coach said he would love to have his standout back, but for right now he's only focused on one thing. "Obviously, tlie No. i concern is the health of JOer* rick," Johnson said. "Basketball definitely takes a ON THE WEB Wesley Medical Center www.WMtoymp.CQm Gulllain-Barre Syndrome www.9btd.com FHSU athletics www.tlaersportuorw.com back seat with something like this. You just hope he gets back to functioning and normal. That's the way everyone on our team is, and that's our main concern — helping Derrick get back to functioning the way he was." Where he was will definitely determine where he goes. Turner has very much improved since checking into Wesley, but remains a long way from recovery. If there is one thing all this has taught Johnson and his players it is perhaps the humbling effect of realizing what the game of basketball means in all of this. "I think basketball is something we all do for enjoyment and the competitiveness we have, but it's not life or death. Basketball is a game but there's more to life," Johnson said. "It was scary for a while, but he's starting to turn around. You appreciate the days he has and you don't take things for granted. "This has been eye opening for everybody and that's why every day is important, you never know what can happen. This is something you can learn a lesson from. Every day is an important day" Johnson added. Pugh feels that Importance every minute of every day, right by her son's side. Much like her son, she Is at the mercy of medicine and the God she prays to regularly, her only crutch throughout the past month. But whether through her voice or her words, it is quite obvious how difficult this process has been for a mother whose hyperactive son was given Ritalin and then taken off it growing up. She has gone from keeping an eye on how active he gets to holding him and constantly getting updates from doctors. Doctors sedate Turner regularly to tame the psychological and physical reactions of his body whenever it becomes alert. The ventilator that was inside his body through the mouth is now entered through the neck. The feeding tube that was going through his stomach is now in his arm. "So far he's gaining a little strength day by day," Pugh said. "Every day he's gained a little strength." And nearly every day or every other day Pugh gets a phone call or a visit from one of Turner's teammates, Johnson or assistant coach Eddie Trenkle. "If there's a kid who can get through this and come back and get himself ready to play basketball again, Derrick is the type of kid that will have a chance to do that," Johnson said. "It's a tough battle for him. But he is the type of person that will persevere and fight through because there are still important things he wants to accomplish.'' For now, life is the most Important thing. There is no cure for GBS; it is said that many times it will go away just as quickly as It became present. Derrick Turner has been fighting and coping with that for the past 26 days. For 26 days In ICU he has not gotten out of bed or spoken a word. But if mother knows best, she knows that her son will get up and will continue to fight. Just like he has been since the 12-year-old broke his leg. "I always tell him you don't let it beat you, Derrick," Pugh said. "You beat it or you die tryln'. He's real strong. 1 keep telling him don't give up. He's always been a strong kid. Whatever he do, he's going to keep trying 'til he do It. He's not going to try twice and give up. He's just one of those kids." Sports reporter Nabil Shahoen con be reached at (785) 628-1081 ext. 127 or by e-mail

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