Hoisington tops Nickerson to secure split

Hoisington Cardinal #16 Holt Hanzlick throws a pitch in the top of the third inning. The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Nickerson Panthers 5 to 4 in the Eighth Inning in the second game of a double header held at Leigion Field in Hoisington, Kansas on March 26, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
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The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Nickerson Panthers by a score of 5 to 4 in eight innings to split the opening doubleheader of the 2019 baseball season.

Hoisington lost the first game by a score of 11 to 1. In the top of the first inning in the second game, they gave up three more runs.

Nickerson handed the ball to Tanner Schrag with a comfortable lead. Hoisington managed to score a run from a Myles Menges sacrifice fly to score Jerred Bieberle in the bottom of the first inning.

Holt Hanzlick took the ball in the top of the second inning and struck out three Nickerson batters. Hoisington went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the next inning, Hanzlick gave up the fourth earned run of the game. Noah Salazar advanced to third on a passed ball by the catcher. The catcher then tried to keep Salazar at third. His throw missed the target, and the Nickerson Panther sprinted home to score the run.

Hoisington picked up two runs in the bottom of the third. Quentin Boxberger and Jerred Bieberle both walked to start the inning. Boxberger scored his run from third on a passed ball. Bieberle made it home courtesy of a Jacob Sprecht RBI single to shallow left.

Hoisington changed pitchers in the top of the fourth. They handed the ball over to senior Myles Menges.

Nickerson made a change on the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning as they gave the ball to Tre' Garcia.

Both pitchers kept the other team in check until the bottom of the seventh inning. Hoisington's Jerred Bieberle got on base with a single to left field. Braxton Donovan singled and moved Bieberle over to third. Myles Menges then hit a single past the shortstop to score Bieberle.

The rally fell short of ending the game as Jacob Sprecht flew out to the shortstop.

The top of the eighth inning proved interesting as Myles Menges gave up three singles in a row. Nickerson Panthers Jarron Kaufmann and Tre' Garcia both saw their trip on the base path end with force outs at second base.

Garrett Conde singled for his first hit of the game and made it to second on a passed ball. Bryce Isley then drew a walk to put two runners on base. Tanner Schrag ended the frame with a fly out to left field.

Nickerson did not score a run.

Hoisington went into the bottom of the eighth needing only one run to end the game. Trey Byers hit the second pitch he faced to center field. He ran to second to get the double. Holt Hanzlick came up next but hit into a third to first throw out. Avery Brewer hit an infield fly to the first baseman.

Derek Boxberger came up to the plate as the fourth batter for the inning. He hit the first pitch he faced into center field for a single. It proved deep enough to score Byers from second.

"Nickerson is a good ball team," said Hoisington Head Coach Tim Schremmer. "We gave them a three-spot in the first inning. We just kept battling. Our guys showed a lot of resilience."

Both teams open the season with a one and one record.