Published in the Iola Register on Apr. 17, 2013.

Panthers blast Republic County

BELLEVILLE — Getting back on the field for the first time in more than 10 days, the Concordia High School softball team handed Republic County a pair of lopsided losses in a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Allissa Kearn and Madeline Hoard combined on a three-hitter as Concordia shut out Republic County 11-0 in game one of the twinbill.
The Panthers rolled to a 27-12 win over the Buffaloes in the second game.
Concordia had not played since a doubleheader at Chapman on April 5 because of weather conditions.
The two games with Republic County were originally scheduled for April 11, but were postponed.
Kearn pitched the first  four innings for Concordia in game one, and gave up two hits. She struck out five and walked one.
Hoard allowed one hit in two innings. She struck out one and didn’t walk any.
Tristen Leiszler reached base on an error and scored on a double by Hoard in the top of the first inning.
Nikki Blankenbeckley and Olivia Leif singled and scored in the second inning to give Concordia a 3-0 lead.
The Panthers added two runs in the third inning to make it 5-0.
Blankenbeckley reached on an error and scored and Leif walked and scored.
A pair of Republic County errors led to a Panther run in the fourth inning.
Concordia upped the lead to 9-0 with three runs in the fifth inning.
Blankenbeckley and Amanda Lawrence each singled and scored.
Leif reached on an error and scored.
The Panthers added two runs in the top of the sixth.
The game ended after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
Blankenbeckley had two hits and scored three runs for Concordia.
Hoard had two hits.
Leif scored three runs and Leiszler scored two runs.
In the second game, Concordia led 2-0 through two innings, and then erupted for 12 runs in the third inning to go up 14-0.
Robin Daniels had a home run and a double and scored two runs in the inning.
Hoard singled and tripled and scored twice.
A run in the fourth inning put Concordia up 15-0.
Republic County scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Concordia made it 16-5 with a run in the top of the fifth inning.
Republic County put up three runs in the bottom of the inning, and trailed 16-8.
Concordia pushed across one run in the top of the sixth.
The Buffaloes scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sending 15 batters to the plate, the Panthers tacked on 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning, and led 27-11.
Republic County added a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Hoard pitched three scoreless innings for Concordia. She struck out three.
Chelsea Martin worked the final four innings.
Concordia is scheduled to host Riley County on Friday.