Published in the Iola Register on Mar. 29, 2013.

Panthers split with Abilene

Chelsea Martin tossed a two-hitter and Tristen Leiszler and Nikki Blankenbeckley drove in three runs each to lead the Concordia High School softball team to a 10-4 win over Abilene in the second game of a North Central Kansas League doubleheader Thursday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Martin gave up just two singles and four unearned runs in seven innings. She struck out six and walked two.
Leiszler was 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs batted in.
Blankenbeckley had two hits in four at bats, drove in three runs and scored two.
Abilene scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to capture a 6-4 win in the first game of the twinbill.
Concordia got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning in game two.
Leiszler led off with a walk and scored on a single by Robin Daniels.
Abilene tied the game at 1-1 with an unearned run in the top of the second inning.
Olivia Leif singled and scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to put Concordia on top, 2-1.
Two runs in the top of the fourth inning gave Abilene a 3-2 advantage.
Concordia responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning, and led 6-2.
Daniel and MaKayla Nelson singled and Allissa Kearn reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Blankenbeckley singled to drive in two runs.
Kearn scored on a base hit by Leiszler.
Martin walked with the bases loaded to drive in Blankenbeckley.
The Panthers extended the lead to 9-3 with three runs in the fifth inning.
Nelson walked and scored on an error.
A single by Leiszler drove in Blankenbeckley and Leif.
Madeline Hoard singled and scored on a ground ball by Blankenbeckley to make it a 10-3 game.
Abilene scored a run in the seventh inning.
Concordia scored 10 runs on nine hits.
Nelson and Leif scored two runs each.
In the first game, Abilene put up three runs in the top of the first inning.
Blankenbeckley walked and scored for Concordia in the bottom of the first.
Abilene made it a 4-1 game with a run in the third inning.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the fourth inning, and Blankenbeckley walked to force home Kearn to make it 4-2.
Concordia tied the game with two runs in the fifth inning.
Hoard reached base on a fielder’s choice and Daniels singled.
Nelson singled to drive in two runs.
Two runs in the top of the seventh inning gave the Cowgirls the lead back at 6-4.
Kearn singled with two out in the bottom of the seventh, but a strikeout ended the game.
Kearn pitched all seven innings in taking the loss. She gave up six runs, four earned, in seven hits, struck out five and walked two.
Leiszler and Daniels had two hits each for Concordia.
Nelson drove in two runs.
Concordia plays at Sacred Heart on Monday.