By the time, Hoisington High relievers Collin Schlochtermeier and Braxton Donovan restored order, it was too little, too late. Donovan capped his shutout outing by picking off Carter Payne at first base.
The Kingman Eagles scored 10 runs in the first inning to roll to an 11-1 Central Kansas League baseball victory Thursday at Lawson-Biggs Field. The Cardinals relievers threw four shutout innings after the nightmarish first inning.
Kingman took full advantage of four extra games in the Cardinals’ season opener that was delayed twice by rainy weather.
Tyler Walker delivered a two-run triple and Peyton Pickering drilled a two-run single in the first inning.
The Cardinals’ pitchers contributed seven walks and two hit batters and three baserunners scored on wild pitches.
Crafty Kingman lefthander Tal Hartley kept the Cardinals off balance with a crisp mix of off-speed pitches. Hartley struck out 11 batters, recording eight consecutive outs on strikeouts from the second to the fourth inning. The Cardinals hit two fly-ball outs and two ground-ball outs.
The Cardinals competed favorably at the plate with six singles with a base hit in every inning. Hunter Hanzlick, Schlochtermeier, Ethan Hubbard, Jeremy Breit, Kyle Lang and Braxton Donovan delivered base hits.
Alex Schremmer reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Breit’s RBI third-inning single.
EAGLES 11, CARDINALS 1
Hoisington (10)10 00 – 11 7 1
Hoisington 0 01 00 – 1 6 2
Hartley and Peyton Pickering. Breit, Schremmer (1), Schlochtermeir (2), Braxton Donovan (4) and Menges, Breit (1). W—Hartley 1-1. L—Breit. 2B—K, Walker, Waldschmidt. 3B—K, Walker.
Larned 12-0 Hillsboro
Larned 9-7 Hillsboro
Hillsboro 13, Larned 10