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Cardinal softball makes 3A semifinals
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Hoisington Cardinal pitcher Ellie Crawford owns a 10-2 record. - photo by Lori Farmer

Hoisington's softball team converted back-to-back errors into a 7-run inning to roll past Smoky Valley 8-1 in Monday's 3A Hoisington softball regional. Monday's games were shifted to the Great Bend Sports Complex due to wet fields at Hoisington.

The Cardinals (19-6) meet Beloit (15-7) in Tuesday's 4 p.m. semifinal. SE Saline (20-3) meets Ellsworth (12-7) at 2 p.m.

Gabby Reif scored on Claire Crutcher's single to ignite a 7-run second inning. Tricia Schremmer's walk forced home a run. Four runs scored when Kylie Kempke and Carly Delzeit reached base on back-to-back errors. Delzeit scored on Reif's single for a 7-0 lead.

Smoky Valley's Kelee Adam scored on a third-inning groundout.

Ellie Crawford tripled and scored on Kempke's sixth-inning single.

Hoisington converted two defensive gems. Second baseman Steiner and shortstop Crawford turned a 4-6-3 double play. Pitcher Boxberger threw out Kate Griffin at home. 

Crawford (10-2) struck out eight batters in four innings of shutout pitching.

ELLSWORTH 13, MINNEAPOLIS 3 — Isabelle Lindsley drove in three runs and Kenna Haas and Paityn Tenbrink each drove in two runs.

BELOIT 7, PLAINVILLE 1 — Beloit's Sharayah Smith drove in four runs and K. Follis drove in three runs. Beloit pitcher Peyton Remus struck out 13 batters.

Smoky Valley 001 000 0 — 1 5 3

Hoisington 070 001 x — 8 8 1

Hipp and Norberg. Boxberger, Crawford (4) and Crutcher. W— Crawford, 10-2. L—Hipp. 2B—H—Steiner; SV—Broxterman. 3B—H—Crawford.

3A HOISINGTON—5-14—SEMIFINALS—SE Saline 20-3 vs. Ellsworth 12-7, 3 p.m.; Hoisington/Central Plains 19-6 vs. Beloit 15-7, 5 p.m.; SE Saline 15, Russell 0; Ellsworth 13, Minneapolis 3; Hoisington/Central Plains 8, Smoky Valley 1; Beloit 7, Plainville/Stockton 2