HILLSBORO— The Hoisington Cardinals baseball team outlasted the Hillsboro Trojans Tuesday squeaking out an 8-6 win at Hillsboro.
The Trojans jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning scoring two runs on an error. The Cardinals answered in the top of the second inning with three runs. Jake Warnken walked in a run followed by Hunter Hanzlick hitting a 2-RBI single.
In the bottom of the third Hillsboro regained the lead scoring three runs on two hits and a Cardinal error.
Not to be outdone, Hoisington plated three more runs in the top half of the fifth inning with hits from Hanzlick, Braedan Crites, Kaleb Balzek, and a 2 RBI single from Justin Umphrey. The lead was shortlived as the Trojans answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game.
The Cardinals finally managed to grab the lead for good after a strong sixth inning. A sacrifice fly by Brad Reif scored Hanzlick followed by a double by Kody Lang to score Crites.
Reif picked up the win for the Cardinals and allowed one earned run, four hits, and five walks while striking out 11 batters over six innings of work. Kody Lang took the mound in the seventh inning to finish the game. He allowed no hits, walked one, and struck out three.
In game two the Cardinals beat Hillsboro 12-4 after a seven-run explosion in the sixth inning. They scored in the sixth on a two-run single by Brad Reif, a two-run single by Justin Umphrey, a two-run triple by Jake Warnken, and an RBI single by Kaleb Blazek.
Braedan Crites racked up two RBIs on three hits. He singled in the first and sixth innings and doubled in the seventh. Also contributing for the Cardinals at the plate were Umphrey with an RBI single in the first, Hunter Ingham with a single in the second, and Blazek and Hanzlick with singles in the fourth.
Jake Warnken pitched a complete game for the win, striking out 11, giving up four hits, one earned run, and two walks over seven innings.