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Cardinal softball sweeps Nickerson
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Hoisington's Kassidy Nixon pitches against Haven. - photo by Hugo Gonzalez

HOISINGTON – Hoisington pitcher Kassidy Nixon threw a one-hit shutout as the Cardinals completed a sweep with a 12-0 over Nickerson in Monday's Central Kansas league softball doubleheader. CKL runner-up Hoisington won the opener 19-4. The Cardinals (16-4, 14-4 CKL) will be seeded second or third in the Larned 3A softball regional.

CARDINALS 19, PANTHERS 4 (G1) – Shaylah Kempke drove home four runs. She ended the run-rule victory with a double that scored Keeley Wolf to spark the Cardinals. Three Nickerson errors contributed to 11 unearned runs. Cardinal pitcher Emma Willesden earned the victory.

Hoisington scored a dozen runs in a first inning that featured six walks and four hit batters. Kempke delivered a three-run triple and Kadence Urban drilled a two-run homer. Ava Henry added an RBI single. 

Jordyn Boxberger drove home Nixon in a four-run second inning. Nickerson's Lanaya Hada hit a two-run homer to spark a four-run third inning. Hoisington's Kadence Urban drove home Gracie Aylward with a third-inning sacrifice fly. 

CARDINALS 12, PANTHERS 0 (G2) – Nixon struck out nine batters and yielded a single to Hada. Nixon and Boxberger each doubled and tripled to spark an 11-hit attack.

Boxberger and Chandra Ehler each drove in two runs. Urban, Nixon, Kempke, Kortney Lang and Rylie Bailey each drove home one run.

Nickerson 004 – 4 3 3

Hoisington (12)43 – 19 6 3

Schultz and Daines. Willesden and Urban. W—Willesden. L—Shultz. 2B—H—Kempke 2, Steiner. HR—H—Urban; N—Hada

Nickerson 000 00 – 0 1 1

Hoisington 026 4x – 12 11 1

Schultz and Daines. Nixon and Urban. W—Nixon. L—Ponds. 2B—H—Nixon, Boxberger. 3B—H—Nixon, Boxberger.