LARNED - Top-seeded Larned defeated Lakin 8-1 in the regional championship game to qualify for the Class 3A state baseball tournament. Larned (17-3) qualifies for the Class 3A state tournament at Manhattan
Great Bend baseball coach Randy Beck knew Arkansas City's Hunter O'Toole was an effective pitcher. O'Toole lived up to his reputation with a dominating 2-1 victory over the Panthers in the Class 5A regional at the Great Bend Sports Complex.
HAYS - Larned's poor baserunning haunted the Indians in a 7-5 regional softball loss to Plainville-Stockton Wednesday. The Indians had three runners doubled off base on infield pop flies and two others tagged out at home and third base.
RUSSELL - Hoisington pitcher Jacob Warnken struck out four batters and pitched to contact to work through five perfect innings. But everything went south in the sixth inning when Nickerson rallied for a 5-3 Class 4A-Division 2 regional baseball victory.
HUTCHINSON - Great Bend's softball team was one play away from tying Hutchinson High. But Emma Cape was thrown out at home on a close play that sealed Hutchinson's 3-2 opening victory. The Salt Hawks swept the Panthers with a 7-4 second-game victory Thursday. The slumping Salthawks (10-10) had lost 10 of 14 games entering the twin bill.