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NBC notes: Hays pitching, defense sharp in win

  • Published Monday, August 5, 2013, at 10:26 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.

Larks defense shines

Hays pitcher Jason Zgardowski threw an outstanding game in a 6-2 elimination win over the San Diego Stars.

In 7 1/3 innings, Zgardowski allowed one run, walked two and struck out three. He got into a jam in the second inning, giving up two straight singles and walking Andres Enriquez, but he got the next three batters on two pop-ups and a groundout.

The Larks’ defense helped with four double plays.

“I wanted him to go a complete game. When he got close to 100 (pitches), I just didn’t want to do it,” Larks manager Frank Leo said. “We have a tremendous defense when we’re all tuned into the same page. They were all tuned in pretty good. And four double plays makes it easy on the pitcher. No team likes to hit into a double play.”

Hays ended the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth innings with double plays. The play of the game was from Hays shortstop Jake Placzek in the fourth, when he fielded a ball to the right of second base. He reached back and tagged Brian Sos, then threw to first to get Chris Allen.

“The baserunner made the mistake and we happened to capitalize on the mistake,” Leo said. “If he goes to third, we don’t get the double play and we have a runner at third base and it changes the whole situation.”

Depleted Stars play on

The San Diego Stars played two games on Monday, beating the San Diego Force in the early-morning hours before playing the 4 p.m. game against Hays.

The Stars’ roster was depleted because NBC staff had discovered that 15 of the teams’ 28 players on the roster were new. Each team is allowed five roster moves for the World Series.

San Diego also failed to provide releases for several professional players on the roster.

“They checked in on Friday before the tournament,” NBC tournament director Casey Walkup said. “At that time, there were no professional releases. After we handed down the penalty of the forfeit, they provided releases before the next game.”

Stars manager Mickey Deutschman said the players in question weren’t new.

“These guys actually played ball with me at home,” Deutschman said. “They didn’t just show up here.… They had played in a couple doubleheaders getting ready for this. I had those guys on my team.”

But that’s not what he told Walkup and three other NBC employees on Saturday night.

“(Deutschman) said, ‘We are guilty as charged, but it was not intentional,’” Walkup said.

Obispo eliminates Casa Grande

San Luis (Calif.) beat the Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings 4-0. Casa Grande was eliminated and failed to score a run in its two games.

Casa Grande is the sixth team since 2000 to fail to score in the NBC.

Blues pitcher Trevor Fitts threw a complete game, giving up three hits over nine innings, walking one and striking out three.

Casa Grande had its problems in the mound, throwing five pitchers, including three over the final two innings.

The Blues scored two in the second, getting one on an RBI by Jimmy Allen, who doubled. He also singled in a run in the seventh.

Monday’s results

San Diego Stars 2, San Diego Force 1

San Luis Obispo (Calif.) 4, Casa Grande (Ariz.) 0

Hays 6, San Diego Stars 2

El Dorado 8, Colorado 2

Nevada (Mo.) vs. Wellington, ppd. to Tuesday

Tuesday’s schedule

Free general-admission tickets available at QuikTrip, Wendy’s, Papa John’s and Warren Theatres

Wellington vs. Nevada (Mo.), 1 p.m.

Valley Center vs. San Luis Obispo (Calif.), 4 p.m.

Hutchinson vs. Seattle, 7 p.m.

Santa Barbara (Calif.) vs. Clarinda (Iowa), 10 p.m.

Monday’s box scores

S.D. Stars 2, S.D. Force 1

San Diego Force0010000001 9 1
San Diego Stars0000000022 7 0

WP — Whitmore, 1-0. LP —Little, 1-1.

San Luis Obispo 4, Casa Grande 0

Casa Grande0000000000 3 3
S.L. Obispo 02000020x4 6 1

WP — Fitts, 1-0. LP — Adams, 0-1.

Hays 6, S.D. Stars 2

Hays0011002206 11 2
San Diego Stars0000100012 9 2

WP — Zgardowski, 1-0. LP — Lopez, 0-1.

El Dorado 8, Colorado 2

El Dorado 0008000008 8 1
Colorado 2000000002 2 2

WP — Busch, 2-0. LP —Rodgers, 0-1.

Late Sunday

Hutchinson 3, Hays 1

Hutchinson Hays
Z. Kwlkwsk lf5130Placzek ss4000
Z. Kwlkwsk 2b4000Gilmore 3b3000
Crandall ss4011Cornell cf3021
Miller 1b3000Garland lf4000
Schultz c4001Petersen c4000
Kunzman cf4020Koeiman 2b3000
Pina dh3100Gillespie 1b4010
Nossa 3b3000Beck dh0100
Shedrick rf3100Roberts rf2000
Bee ph/rf1010

Hutchinson 0020001003 6 0
Hays 0000000101 4 1

E – Gillespie (1). DP – Hutchinson 1, Hays 1. LOB — Hutchinson 11, Hays 10. HBP – Schultz (1) by Goza; Pina (1) by Goza; Shedrick (1) by Brown; Cornell (1) by Simonds; Koeiman (2) by Cox; Beck (1) by Mustain. S – Placzek, Beck. CS – Z. Kowlakowski (1).

Simonds W, 1-0720026
Mustain S (1)1 2/310012

Goza L, 0-1643227
Bentley 1/310001
Brown2 2/310035

HBP — Schultz by Goza (1); Pina by Goza (2); Shedrick by Brown (1); Cornell by Simonds (1); Koeiman by Cox (1); Beck by Mustain (1). WP — Goza (1). Umpires—Home, Mark Wagers; first, Tony D’Aquano; third, Gregg Mudd.

T— 2:23.

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