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Hoisington wins baseball opener
Hoisington wins opener
Hoisington's (11) Derek Boxbergerthrows his 44th pitch of the game against Ellsworth on Monday evening. - photo by Hugo Gonzalez


HOISINGTON — Hoisington pitcher Derek Boxberger fashioned a four-hit shutout and Myles Menges drove home four runs to spark the Cardinals past Ellsworth-Wilson 10-0 in Monday's 3A Concordia baseball regional. 

Boxberger (5-1) struck out two batters in a 70-pitch outing.Second baseman Braxton Donovan turned a double play on Grant Gwinner's second-inning groundball.

Hoisintgton (13-6) advances to the 3A regional semifinals at 2 p.m. Wednesday against Minneapolis (17-3).

The Cardinals roughed up Ellsworth starter Dayton Davis for five third-inning runs. Menges tripled home Kameron Schneweis and Jerred Bieberle after a walk and bunt single. Avery Brewer singled home Menges. Jacob Specht scored on an error. Brewer scored on a wild pitch for a 5-0 lead. Braxton Donovan scored on a fourth-inning error for a 6-0 lead.

Menges singled home Derek Boxberger and Bieberle after back-to-back fifth-inning walks for an 8-0 lead. Donovan scored on Brewer's groundball for a 9-0 lead. Hunter Hanzlick's single drove home Menges for a 10-0 run-rule victory.

Ellsworth 000 00 — 0  4 5

Hoisington 005 14 — 10 7 0

Davis, Braden (5) and Mermis. Boxberger and Hanzlick. W—Boxberger, 5-1. L—Davis. 3B—H—Menges.


CONCORDIA — The Larned Indians picked off four Concordia baserunners and turned a brilliant double play for a 1-1 tie through four innings. 

But there is no defense for a walk. Concordia converted three consecutive walks into a game-deciding five-run rally for a 6-1 regional baseball victory Monday over the Indians. Larned ends with a 10-9 record.

Larned starter Aidan Smyth (4-3) picked off Chas Carlgren, Dyelan Reed and Nick Vignery. Catcher Jack Stelter threw out Hunter Schroeder on an attempted steal. First baseman Logan Erway turned a fifth-inning double play.

But the Panthers made Smyth pay for walks to Jacob Williams, Wyatt Trost and Carlgren. Dyelan Reed drilled a bases-loaded three-run double and Gavin Thomas delivered a two-run double off Smyth after another walk to Schroeder for a 6-1 lead. 

Smyth matched Concordia starter Chase Parker (6-2) through 41/2 innings. Stelter doubled home Smyth for a 1-1 tie. Parker prevented a bigger threat when he picked off Tristen Burger after a leadoff error.

Concordia led 1-0 when Carlgren scored on Smyth's throwing error on a pickoff attempt. But Erway saved the day by turning Parker's line drive into a double play.

Larned 000 000 0 — 1 3 1

Concordia 000 150 x — 6 5 3

Smyth, Pleasant (5) and Stelter. Parker, Jochems (6), Reed (7) and and Jones. W—Parker 6-2. L—Smyth 4-3. 2B—C—Reed, Thomas; L—Stelter. 


FIRST ROUND—Minneapolis 10, Sylvan 0; Hoisington 10, Ellsworth 0; Concordia 6, Larned 1; Hays-Thomas More Prep 13, Beloit 3

WEDNESDAY—Minneapolis 17-3 vs. Hoisington 13-6, 2 p.m.; Concordia 14-5 vs. Hays-TMP 14-3, 4 p.m.; Championship—6 p.m. 



Ellinwood 000 000 0 — 

Little River 000 000 0 — 

and Stelter. and Jones. W—. L—. 2B—LR—E— 3B—LR—E— HR—LR—E—