Published in the Iola Register on Apr. 22, 2013.

Panthers bounce back after loss to beat Kingman, 12-2

KINGMAN — Concordia bounced back from a loss to Lyons in the opening round to defeat Kingman 12-2 in five innings in the third-place game of the Kingman Invitational baseball tournament on Friday.
Lyons, playing its 13th game of the season, knocked off Concordia, playing its fifth game, 15-6 in the first round.
Taking advantage of seven walks, the Panthers downed Kingman in the third-place game.
“They responded well. We got better, and that is what we need to do,” Concordia coach Brandt Hutchinson said, “We got better defensively and we were more disciplined at the plate. We looked better that second game.”
Concordia, which had had several games postponed or canceled because of bad weather, is now 4-2.
The Panthers broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the bottom of the second inning against Kingman.
Skyler Hittle reached base on an error and Nick Thomas and Tanner Gilbert walked to load the bases.
Derek Pearson drew a walk to force home a run.
Will Strommen followed with a single to get the second run across.
A fielder’s choice ground ball by Drake Hake plated Gilbert.
Nathan Gieber singled and scored on a base hit by Gilbert to put Concordia up 4-0 in the third inning.
Kingman scored its only two runs in the top of the the fourth inning to make it 4-2.
Concordia stretched its lead to 8-2 with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Pearson reached base on an error and Strommen was hit by a pitch.
Hake singled in a run.
Trevor Nordell drew a walk to again load the bases.
Gieber drew a walk to get  a run home.
Skyler Hittle followed with a two-run single.
The Panthers tacked on four runs in the fifth inning to end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Hake singled to drive in Gilbert.
Ethan Bechard, running for Pearson, scored on a ground ball by Jordan Mehl.
Hake got home on a passed ball, and Nordell walked and scored.
Hittle pitched all five innings to get the win. He gave up two runs on just two hits, struck out five and walked four.
Hake had two hits, drove in two runs and scored two.
In the first game, Lyons got out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Gieber doubled home Nordell in the bottom of the first.
Lyons added a run in the top of the second, and led 5-1.
Three runs in the bottom of the second pulled the Panthers within a run, 5-4.
Gilbert led off with a single and Pearson walked.
Hake singled home a run, and Mehl was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home a run.
Hake scored on a ground ball by Gieber.
Concordia then scored twice in the third inning to go up 6-5.
Thomas walked and scored on a double by Pearson.
Hake doubled to knock in the second run.
The Panthers went scoreless over the final four innings.
Three runs in the fourth inning put Lyons back on top, 8-6.
Lyons added four runs in the fifth inning and three in the seventh.
“A lot of those runs were unearned,” Hutchinson said, “We just need more game experience to get better at the little things that help teams win.”
Gieber pitched the first three innings, and gave up five runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Mehl allowed seven runs on three hits in two innings in taking the loss. He struck out one and walked three.
Trevor Tholstrup worked two innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked one.
Hake had three hits and drove in two runs.
Nordell had two hits and Gieber drove in two runs.