HOISINGTON—It was a monumental day on Monday for the Smoky Valley softball team as they traveled to Hoisington for the Class 4A Division II Regionals and came home with two victories and their first ticket in team history to next week’s Kansas State Softball Championships.

In game one, Smoky Valley dominated Nickerson from the opening pitch by pouring across eight runs in the first inning, then adding three more in the second before topping the offense off with another pair of runs in the third to gain a 15-0 whitewash victory and a chance to play in the regional championship game.

The Lady Vikings pounded out 12 hits with Megan Sample, Lana Clark and Addison Haiden each getting a pair of hits to lead the offensive explosion. Sample also accounted for five runs batted in, while Clark, Emmie Ryals and Kira Haxton each scored three times. Haxton, Haiden and Jordan Otto also each knocked out doubles during the domination.

Smoky Valley was equally impressive on the mound in game one as Megan Sample, with help late from Lauren Barnes, threw a no-hitter at Nickerson.

With the regional championship on the line, Smoky Valley did not let up with the bats as they pounded out another eight hits in game two of the day while scoring at least one run in all but the first inning, including four in the fourth to put away Larned and take another shutout victory, 9-0, while punching their first ever ticket to the state tournament.

Sample went the distance on the mound for the Lady Vikings, giving up just four hits while being helped by a Larned defense that had three errors in the field to give her a second win on the day. Sample, the Lady Viking ace, is now 8-4 for the season heading to state.

Jordan Otto was the lead offensive bat for Smoky Valley in game two, with three hits, including a home run, while scoring twice. Kira Haxton and Lauren Barnes each had two hits, with Haxton accounting for four runs batted in, while Barnes had a double and scored twice.

With the victories, the Smoky Valley girls are now 13-9 overall after finishing 11-9 in Central Kansas League action and according to Lady Viking Head Coach Chris McClure will be playing on Thursday, May 24 at the Class 4A Division II State Tournament in Salina, with the opponent and time yet to be bracketed.

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