By JIM MISUNAS
HOISINGTON — Near-perfect pitching was followed by a hard-fought victory for the Larned baseball Indians.
Larned beat rival Hoisington High 12-0 behind Evan Skelton’s shutout and followed with an 8-4 victory for a sweep.
The Indians (5-1) maintain a first-place lead in the Central Kansas League on Lyons (2-0) heading to Friday’s twin bill at Lyons. Hoisington (4-6) plays at Nickerson Friday.
Winning pitcher Skelton dominated in game one with four strikeouts while permitting four base hits.
Larned roughed up a trio of Cardinal pitchers, Brad Reif, Justin Umphrey and Kyle Lang, for 12 runs on seven hits with nine walks drawn.
Isiah Perez led the offense with two hits and three runs batted in. Landon Erway, Gage Skelton and Tyler Stelter each drove in two runs. Erway and Mason Schartz each scored twice.
The Indians broke the first game open with a seven-run sixth inning. Perez drilled a two-run double and Erway and Johnathon Herter had RBIs.
In the second game, Larned led 2-0 on RBIs by Stelter and Herter. The Cardinals rallied for a 3-2 lead on Justin Umphrey’s two-run single and several Indian errors. Erway’s two-run single made it 4-3 and the Cardinals tied it on Hunter Hanzlick’s RBI single through two innings.
Winning pitcher Landon Erway and Perez combined to shut out the Cardinals over the final five innings.
Herter’s single scored Erway for the eventual game-winner. The Cardinals contributed several errors for two unearned sixth-inning runs. The Indians’ eighth run was also unearned.
Erway, Herter and Stelter each drove in two runs.
LARNED 12, HOISINGTON 0
Larned 002 037 — 12 7 1
Hoisington 000 000 — 0 4 1
Evan Skelton and Stelter. Reif, Umphrey (5), Lang (6) and Hanzlick. W—E. Skelton. L—Reif. 2B—L, Perez, Gage Skelton.
LARNED 8, HOISINGTON 4
Larned 220 012 1 — 8 12 7
Hoisington 310 000 0 — 4 10 6
Erway, Perez (7) and Stelter. Warnken, Crites (7) and Hanzlick. W—Erway. L—Warnken. 2B—L, Stelter, Evan Skelton, Schartz.
Larned 5-1 5-1
Lyons 2-0 2-2
Halstead 6-2 6-2
Pratt 7-3 7-5
Nickerson 3-3 3-3
Smoky Valley 3-3 3-5
Hoisington 4-6 4-6
Kingman 3-5 4-6
Haven 1-5 1-5
Hillsboro 0-6 0-6
Nickerson 11-2, Halstead 8-12
Larned 12-8, Hoisington 0-4
Lyons 11-6, Kingman 0-4
Pratt 5-14, Hillsboro 3-1
Hoisington at Nickerson
Haven at Halstead
Larned at Lyons