LARNED — The Larned High School and Hoisington baseball teams split a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Game 1 went into the eighth inning with the Cardinals prevailing 7-6. The Indians stepped up their offense in the second game to win 11-4.
Larned head coach Chad Erway said that it was his defense that made the diference in the second game.
“The second game, we had a young freshman pitcher on the mound, Trey Kraisinger,” Erway said. “He kept the ball close to the plate, and we were getting a lot of groundball and flyball outs.
“We played better defense in the second game.”
Hoisington was able to get ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning, but Larned tightened up defensively and shaved away at the lead until the score was 3-3 after five innings.
Both teams scored three runs in the seventh inning, but the Cardinals were able to get the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.
In the second game, Larned’s Tyler Stelter went 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead the Indians offense that scored 11 runs on 10 hits.
“Easton Palmer hit the ball well in both games,” Erway said. “Tyler Stelter was great at the plate. He had a few good hits for us.”
Hoisington went through five pitchers in seven innings.
Larned is now 2-4 overall with a doubleheader on Friday at Ulysses. The first game begins at 4 p.m.
Hoisington travels to Scott City on Friday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Mid-Central Activities Association
Hoisington 7, Larned 6
123 456 78 R H E
HHS 300 000 31 — 7 10 4
LHS 010 020 30 — 6 7 8
Eathan Woodcock, Terry Crawford & Colton Zink; Easton Palmer, Jordan Welch & Tyler Stelter. 2B — Hoisington: Bryce Steiner, Corie Umphrey, Zink (3); Larned: Palmer, Seth Gevara, Brady Keith. 3B — Hoisington: Trent Schremmer.
Larned 11, Hoisington 4
123 456 7 R H E
HHS 020 101 0 — 4 8 5
LHS 141 104 x — 11 9 4
Dylan Bell, Colton Zink, Bryce Steiner, Corie Umphrey, Kaleb Larson & Bryce Steiner; Jordan Welch, Trey Kraisinger & Tyler Stelter. 2B — Hoisington: Colton Zink, Terry Crawford; Larned: Easton Palmer.
Area softball teams
HOISINGTON — Both the Hoisington High School and Larned softball teams each entered the doubleheader at 3-3 overall this season and both left 4-4 on Tuesday night.
Larned won the first game 7-4 and led most of Game 2, but Hoisington was able to chip away at the lead and score in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 5-4.
“In the first game, we had a couple of critical errors that Larned was able to take advantage of,” Hoisington head coach Lee Van Scyoc said. “We took the lead early. We scored two in the first and another in the third to make it 3-0 after two innings.
“Larned scored four runs in the third inning. We had two outfield errors that cost us.”
The Lady Indians built a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Hoisington scored one run and had the bases loaded with two outs, but it was unable to get anymore runners around.
Larned led 4-0 in Game 2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Lady Cardinals were able to score two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the game.
Mykela Riedl hit a leadoff double and advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
Two batters later, Jennifer Hitschmann hit a slow groundball toward third base. Riedl was able to score on the play.
“As soon as (the third baseman) went that way to field the ball, we took off,” Van Scyoc said. “That was a pretty exciting end.”
Hoisington hosts Canton-Galva today at 4 p.m.
Larned is back in action on Friday as it hosts Ulysses.