NBC notes: Zair Koeiman chosen Most Inspirational Player

08/08/2014 11:20 PM

08/13/2014 12:34 PM

Koeiman most inspirational

Before Hays’ Friday-night game against Seattle, Larks second baseman Zair Koeiman was presented as the winner of the Eric Pintard Most Inspirational Player award, named in honor of the late son of Santa Barbara manager Bill Pintard.

Koeiman lived in Curacao and the Netherlands before earning an opportunity to play baseball in the United States, first with Eastern Oklahoma State before spending this spring with Wichita State. He has since transferred to Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Koeiman lost his father to cancer when Koeiman was 10. He then moved to live with his brother in Amsterdam, where he continued playing baseball.

Eric Pintard pitched for the Foresters in the mid-1990s. He died in 2004 after a nine-year battle with brain cancer.

NJCAA team fizzles

After scoring 33 runs in its first four games, all wins, the NJCAA national team was eliminated by two losses in less than 24 hours, scoring two total runs.

The NJCAA national team didn’t play a game together before the tournament and assembled three weeks ago. Their talent didn’t match up to the experience of Seattle, which handed the NJCAA national team a loss on Thursday, and Santa Barbara.

“The last two games, we got outplayed but we got out-willed, also,” NJCAA national team manager Mark Rardin said. “A lot of times, you get late into a tournament and it’s about more will than it is skill. We’re skilled, but those teams are very skilled. ...Teams really don’t win games as much as the other team loses games, and that’s really what we did.

“To not lose a game, you can’t make mistakes. The team that loses the game makes the mistakes, and that’s what we did. We had chances to put balls in play with guys in scoring position and we were striking out, not even putting pressure on them.”

Friday’s Games

Santa Barbara (Calif.) Forresters 6, NJCAA 1

Seattle Studs vs. Hays Larks

Santa Barbara 6, NJCAA 1

S. Barbara

NJCAA

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Atwood rf

4

1

1

1

Sweet lf

3

0

0

0

Stainback 2b

4

1

1

0

Hill ph-lf

0

0

0

0

Davis cf

2

0

0

0

Lopez 2b-ss

3

0

0

0

Davis cf

2

0

0

0

B. Williams c

3

1

2

0

Studdard 1b

4

0

0

1

Osnato ph-c

1

0

0

0

Montlbno dh

3

0

1

0

Collins cf

5

0

2

0

Southll pr-dh

1

0

0

0

Lee 1b

3

0

1

1

Boswell 3b

3

2

2

0

Petrino dh

1

0

0

0

Reveles ss

3

1

2

1

Paul ph-dh

1

0

0

0

Kennedy c

3

0

1

0

Schnrbsh rf

2

0

0

0

Vickerson lf

4

1

1

0

Harber ph-rf

1

0

0

0

Reynolds 3b

2

0

0

0

White ph-2b

2

0

0

0

Hollad 3b/ss

3

0

1

0

Totals

31

6

9

3

Totals

33

1

6

1

Santa Barbara

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100

220

6 9 0

NJCAA

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001

000

1 6 2

E – B. Williams (1), Schnurbusch (1). DP – Santa Barbara 1. LOB — Santa Barbara 8, NJCAA 12. 2B – Boswell (1), Vickerson (1), B. Williams (3). HBP – Hill (2) by Duplantier, Hill (3) by Williamson, Petrino (1) by Van Aken. SF – Atwood (1), Studdard (1). S – Davis, Reveles, Kennedy, Petrino. SB – Kennedy (1).

Santa Barbara

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Duplantier W, 2-0

5

5

1

1

1

5

Williamson

2

1

0

0

2

3

Van Aken

1 1/3

0

0

0

2

0

Cruz S (2)

2/3

0

0

0

0

1

NJCAA

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Rentz L, 1-1

3

2

1

0

2

4

Dupre

2

2

1

1

1

0

Burns

0

0

0

0

2

0

Strall

2 2/3

5

4

3

0

0

Brendel

1/3

0

0

0

0

1

Brown

1

0

0

0

0

0

WP – Duplantier (1), Williamson (1), Dupre (1), Strall (1). HB – Hill by Duplantier (1), Hill by Williamson (1), Petrino by Van Aken (1). PB – B. Williams. Umpires — Home, Duane Clemons; 1B, Phil Plantz; 2B, Bob Homolka; 3B, Todd Sigwing.

T – 2:43.

Late Thursday

Hays 7, Haysville 3

Haysville Aviators

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000

200

3 8 2

Hays Larks

000

200

05x

7 10 0

W – Carr 2-0. L — Davies 0-1.

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