Concordia kicked off a grueling stretch of eight games in 11 days by sweeping a doubleheader from Southeast of Saline Friday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Derek Pearson singled home Tanner Gilbert with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Concordia a 5-4 win over Southeast of Saline in the first game.
The Panthers then pounded out a 12-2 victory in the second game to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Concordia will play a pair of makeup games at Marysville today and then host Chapman on Tuesday.
The Panthers play at Clay Center on May 6.
“We played a lot better,” Concordia coach Brandt Hutchinson said, “Getting out on the field to practice two days in a row helped us.”
Southeast of Saline took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game one.
In the bottom of the first, Trevor Nordell reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second and went to third on an error.
A two-out single by Nathan Gieber got Nordell home with the tying run.
It was still a 1-1 game when Southeast of Saline scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning to go up 2-1.
Concordia tied it at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Drake Hake was hit by a pitch. Jordan Mehl followed with a single, and Nordell knocked in a run with a base hit.
The Panthers left the bases loaded in the inning.
A run in the top of the sixth inning put the Trojans back on top 3-2.
Concordia answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, and led 4-3.
Pearson led off with a walk, and Hake drove in a run with a single.
Gieber singled with two out to get Hake home.
Southeast of Saline scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to pull even at 4-4.
Gilbert doubled with one out in the bottom of the seventin, and Pearson drove in the winning run with a single.
Will Strommen pitched the first six innings, and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. He struck out six and walked two.
“Will threw very well. We are getting deep into our pitching because we have so many games,” Hutchinson said.
Gieber allowed one run on one hit, struck out two and walked two in one inning in getting the win. He also had two hits and drove in two runs.
Gilbert had two hits in the game.
In the second game, the Panthers put up three runs in the first inning.
Hake singled, Mehl was hit by a pitch, and Nordell walked.
Gieber and Skyler Hittle singled home runs.
Nordell scored on a ground ball by Nick Thomas.
Concordia made it 4-0 when Thomas scored on a fly ball by Pearson in the third inning.
Southeast of Saline scored its first run in the top of the fourth inning.
The Panthers tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fourth, and led 7-1.
Gieber doubled home Mehl.
Hittle walked and Nick Thomas followed with a two-run triple.
Southeast of Saline picked up a run in the fifth inning.
Concordia scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Nordell got things started with a triple. He scored on a single by Gieber.
Hittle and Gilbert singled and Pearson drove in two runs with a base hit.
Gilbert scored on an error, and another error allowed the final run to cross.
Braden Johnson pitched all six innings to get the win. He gae up two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked four.
Gieber had three hits in four at bats and drove in three runs.
Pearson was two-for-two at the plate and knocked in three runs.
Hittle and Gilbert had two hits each, and Thomas drove in three runs.