LARNED — After a routine run-rule victory, the Hoisington Cardinals were pushed to the limit in Friday's Central Kansas League softball doubleheader sweep over Larned 14-0 and 9-7. The weather was perfect, 62 degrees with light wind.
Second-place Hoisington (15-3, 14-2 CKL) heads to Lyons (7-9, 7-7 CKL ) Tuesday. Larned (7-11, 5-11 CKL) travels to Halstead (4-14, 4-12 CKL) Tuesday.
HOISINGTON 14, LARNED 0 — Cardinal pitcher Taylor Boxberger (9-3) drove home three runs and struck out six batters while yielding four hits. The Cardinals broke the game open with an 11-run second inning.
Gracie Aylward drove home three runs. Kadence Urban homered and drove in two runs. Skylar Eidson and Trinity Dolezal each drove in two runs.
HOISINGTON 9, LARNED 7 — Hoisington's Kenzie Wolf drove home three runs to spark the Cardinals. Boxberger (10-3) pitched 42/3 innings to earn the victory. Bailee Bachar scored on an error and Wolf singled home Jenna Urban and Kadence Urban for a 3-0 lead. Kadence Urban tripled home Jenna Urban and Boxberger for a 5-0 lead.
Larned's Baylea Perez scored on a wild pitch. Abby Towery doubled home Alea Makings and Lynzi Myrick doubled home Towery for a 5-3 score after three innings. Nixon scored on an error and Aylward scored on a passed ball for a 7-3 lead.
Larned's Nikki Taylor singled home Kendra Grandy and Julie Tapia and Nikki Taylor scored on an error for a 7-6 score after four innings. Nixon scored on a groundball for an 8-6 lead. Wolf doubled home Kadance Urban for a 9-6 lead. Myrick scored on a seventh-inning wild pitch ofor a 9-7 final.
Hoisington 2(11)1 00 — 14 13 0
Larned 000 00 — 0 4 1
Boxberger and Eidson. Taylor and Martin. W—Boxberger, 9-3. L—Taylor, 5-5. 2B—H—Jenna Urban. 3B—H—Aylward 2; L—Perez. HR—H—Kadence Urban.
Hoisington 032 201 1 — 9 15 0
Larned 003 300 1 — 7 11 4
Nixon, Boxberger (3) and Eidson. Myrick, Perez (3) and Martin. W—Boxberger, 10-3. L—Myrick, 0-2. 2B—H—Nixon, Aylward, Kadence Urban. 3B—H—Kadence Urban. HR—L—Taylor.