Blues shut out Wellington 8-0 in state opener

PRATT — A big first inning and no-hit pitching propelled the Concordia Blues to an 8-0 win over Wellington in the opening round of the American Legion Baseball Class AA State Tournament Thursday afternoon.
Concordia scored seven runs on seven hits in the top of the first inning.
Skyler Hittle and Jordan Mehl combined on a five-inning no-hitter as the Blues advanced to the semifinals.
Concordia will play Iola at 6:00 tonight in the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament.
Iola knocked off Hays-TMP 11-1 in the opening round.
Ellis slipped past Rock City 1-0, and Sabetha downed Pratt, 11-2.
Ellis and Sabetha will meet in the other semifinal tonight.
Wellington takes on Iola in the losers’ bracket and Rock City plays Pratt.
Hittle pitched the first four innings of the game. He struck out one and walked three.
Mehl worked a perfect fifth inning. He struck out one.
Concordia sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning.
Bowe Behymer led off with a single.
Mehl reached base on an error and Nathan Gieber drove in a run with a base hit.
Hittle followed with a run-producing single.
Trevor Nordell and Chanse Copple each singled.
Conner Eilert reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Tanner Gilbert knocked in two runs with a single.
In his second at bat in the inning, Behymer walked with two out.
Mehl drove in Eilert and Gilbert with a double to put the Blues up 7-0.
Wellington loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter in the third inning, but Hittle got a strikeout to end the threat.
A hit batter, a walk and a sacrifice in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Wellington runners on second and third with two out. A ground ball ended the inning.
Mehl then retired Wellington in order in the bottom of the fifth.
Trey Dubbert led off the top of the sixth inning with a walk.
Ryan Perkins walked and Gilbert singled to load the bases.
A single by Will Strommen got Dubbert home and ended the game because of the eight-run rule.
Gieber and Gilbert had two hits each for Concordia.

SPORTS

Former CCCC coach remembered

 Last week, Cloud County Community College lost one of a kind with the death of its first head basketball coach Larry Forsythe.  Forsythe coached the Thunderbirds from 1966 through 1975, compiling a record of 167 wins and  99 losses. His teams never finished lower... [More]

Garden City hands CCCC 3-1 defeat

GARDEN CITY — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team opened the Jayhawk Conference Western Division season with a 3-1 loss to Garden City Community College. Garden City rolled to a 25-15 victory in the first set of the match. Cloud County, now 3-2 overall, evened... [More]

More Sports

NEWS

CHS students in JAG program share their stories with governor

 Students participating in the Jobs for America's Graduates, JAG-Kansas, at Concordia High School had the opportunity to tell their stories to Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback met with the students and instructor Alisha Sipe during a visit to the classroom on Wednesday.  “I... [More]

Courthouse 8-28-14

District Court LIMITED CIVIL Settled: Central National Bank received a judgment of $364.92 plus costs and interest from Mary Sue Stimatze, Concordia. Champlin Tire Recycling Inc. received a judgment of $379.13 plus interest and costs from Johnny Bass dba Johnny B's Roadside... [More]

County board approves hauling contract

 Cloud County board of commissioners Monday approved a new solid waste hauling contract for 2015 with PJ Owen of Owen Trucking. The vote followed a discussion with Owen and Solid Waste director Mike Hake.  Because of increased costs, the contract price for 2015 will... [More]

More News

OPINIONS

Letter to the Editor 8-26-14

Dear Editor,   Another Relay for Life has come and gone.  It was in hopes that the time change this year was going to be a good thing, but with the weather conditions turning from lightning and then rain it was an evening that was cut short.  The Relay Committee... [More]

Prairie Pondering

Changing with the times . . .  Recently, a filler piece in a newspaper told how the clothing people wear to church has changed with the times and customs, and not for the better according to the writer.... I remember there was a certain ritual from the time we gathered... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos