Published in the Iola Register on Apr. 30, 2013.

Panthers blast Bulldogs

MARYSVILLE — The Concordia Panthers are finally finding a groove.
Coming off a sweep of Southeast of Saline on Friday, the Panthers banged out two North Central Kansas League wins over Marysville on Monday to improve to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.
The Panthers won the first game 14-1 in five innings and rolled to an 18-5 victory in five innings in the second game.
“Just being able to play makes us better,” Concordia coach Brandt Hutchinson said, “We have got a good rythmn going offensvively, defensively and pitching. We need to continue that and keep our confidence up.”
The Panthers will play again today when they host a league doubleheader against Chapman.
Will Strommen singled home Nick Thomas in the top of the second inning to give Concordia a 1-0 lead in game one.
The Panthers stretched the lead to 6-0 with five runs in the third inning.
Strommen and Skyler Hittle had two-run doubles in the inning. Tanner Gilbert knocked in a run with a single.
Concordia added four runs in the top of the fourth inning, and led 10-0.
Hittle had a two-run single for the Panthers.
Gilbert doubled home a run, and Trevor Nordell had a run producing single.
Marysville scored its only run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Concordia pushed across four more runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Nordell had a two-run double in the inning.
Thomas drove in a run with a double, and Hittle knocked in a run with a fly ball.
The game ended after five innings because of the the 10-run rule.
Nathan Gieber pitched the first four innings to get the win. He allowed one run on three hits, struck out six and didn’t walk any.
Trevor Tholstrup worked a scoreless fifth inning. He allowed a hit, struck out two and walked one.
Hittle had two hits and drove in five runs for the Panthers.
Nordell went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. He scored three runs.
Thomas was 3-for-4 at the plate, drove in two runs and scored three.
Gilbert had three hits and knocked in two runs.
Strommen was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.
Hake had two hits.
Concordia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game two.
Nordell and Gieber had run producing singles.
Gilbert knocked in a run with a fly ball.
Marysville made it 4-3 with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Concordia put up five runs in the third inning, and led 9-3.
Jordan Mehl had a two-run double.
Gilbert drove in two runs with a single, and Thomas singled home a run.
The Panthers erupted for nine runs in the top of the fourth inning to open up an 18-3 advantage.
Hittle singled twice, and scored two runs in the inning.
Nordell had a two-run double.
Hake singled home two runs.
Thomas walked, doubled and drove in a run.
Marysville scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
The game again ended after five innings.
Mehl pitched the first four innings to get the win. He gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four and walked three.
Braden Johnson allowed one run on two hits, struck out two and walked two in one inning.
Gilbert drove in four runs for Concorida.
Nordell and Mehl had two hits and drove in three runs each.
Thomas was 2-3 with two runs batted in.
Hittle had three hits and scored three runs.
Hake and Gieber had two hits and scored three runs each.