HOISINGTON — After playing flawless defense behind starter Collin Schlochtermeier, Hoisington committed two costly errors that led to three unearned eighth-inning runs.
Larned’s baseball team won the hard-fought opener 5-2 in eight innings and completed a sweep with a 16-3 victory Tuesday in the Central Kansas League doubleheader.
Larned (8-6) plays Smoky Valley May 4 and Hoisington (6-6) travels to Halstead Friday.
INDIANS 5, CARDINALS 2 (8 innings) – Dalton Bright started the game-winning rally with a single on reliever Kyle Lang and Jon Herter reached on an error. Alex Barger walked. Mason Burris singled to drove home Bright. Herter and Barger scored on an error committed on a ball hit by Hunter Fitzpatrick.
Larned pitcher Gage Skelton threw 87 pitches, 68 for strikes, in a masterful eight-inning performance.
Cardinal Hunter Hanzlick drove home both runs. Hanzlick singled home Schlochtermeier in the first inning. He singled home Tyler Specht in the eighth inning.
Dalton Bright’s single drove home Carson Smith in the third inning.
Hoisington second baseman Kyle lang and Larned third baseman Jordan Taylor turned double plays.
INDIANS 16, CARDINALS 3 — Nine Indians delivered RBIs in the dominating nightcap. Gage Skelton and Alex Barger each drove in three runs.
Schartz and Bright scored first-inning runs. Skelton and Bright delivered RBI singles for a 5-1 lead after two innings. Schartz scored in the fourth inning and Herter scored on a wild pitch in the fifth frame.
A four-run sixth inning saw Mason Schartz, Skelton, Barger and Burris drive home runs. A five-run seventh saw Skelton, Herter, Barger drove home runs. Barger and Jordan Taylor scored on errors.
Hoisington’s Kyle Lang doubled home Hunter Hanzlick and Jeremy Breit in the fifth inning and Hanzlick singled home Alex Schremmer in the first inning.
INDIANS 5, CARDINALS 2
LHS 001 000 04 – 5 8 2
HHS 100 000 01 – 2 8 2
Skelton and Burris. Schlochtermeier, Lang (8) and Breit. W—Skelton. L—Lang. 2B—H—Schlochtermier.
INDIANS 16, CARDINALS 3
LHS 230 114 5 – 16 18 4
HHS 100 020 0 – 3 5 9
Barger, Gladow (7) and Skelton. Donovan, Menges (5), Boxberer (6) and Breit. W—Barger. L—2B—L—Schartz; H—Lang.