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.
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
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 Force||001||000||000||—||1 9 1|
|San Diego Stars||000||000||002||—||2 7 0|
WP — Whitmore, 1-0. LP —Little, 1-1.
San Luis Obispo 4, Casa Grande 0
|Casa Grande||000||000||000||—||0 3 3|
|S.L. Obispo||020||000||20x||—||4 6 1|
WP — Fitts, 1-0. LP — Adams, 0-1.
Hays 6, S.D. Stars 2
|Hays||001||100||220||—||6 11 2|
|San Diego Stars||000||010||001||—||2 9 2|
WP — Zgardowski, 1-0. LP — Lopez, 0-1.
El Dorado 8, Colorado 2
|El Dorado||000||800||000||—||8 8 1|
|Colorado||200||000||000||—||2 2 2|
WP — Busch, 2-0. LP —Rodgers, 0-1.
Hutchinson 3, Hays 1
|Z. Kwlkwsk lf||5||1||3||0||Placzek ss||4||0||0||0|
|Z. Kwlkwsk 2b||4||0||0||0||Gilmore 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Crandall ss||4||0||1||1||Cornell cf||3||0||2||1|
|Miller 1b||3||0||0||0||Garland lf||4||0||0||0|
|Schultz c||4||0||0||1||Petersen c||4||0||0||0|
|Kunzman cf||4||0||2||0||Koeiman 2b||3||0||0||0|
|Pina dh||3||1||0||0||Gillespie 1b||4||0||1||0|
|Nossa 3b||3||0||0||0||Beck dh||0||1||0||0|
|Shedrick rf||3||1||0||0||Roberts rf||2||0||0||0|
|Hutchinson||002||000||100||—||3 6 0|
|Hays||000||000||010||—||1 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, 1-0||7||2||0||0||2||6|
|Mustain S (1)||1 2/3||1||0||0||1||2|
|Goza L, 0-1||6||4||3||2||2||7|
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.