Panthers blank Chapman
The Concordia Panthers, playing several games in a short amount of time, found a way to save arms - end games quickly.
Concordia needed just eight innings to beat Chapman twice in a North Central Kansas League doubleheader Tuesday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
The Panthers rolled past the Irish 14-0 in three innings in game one and 15-0 in five innings in game two.
“We talked about that last Thursday. This isn’t a time to be complacent. Not that we would take innings off on purpose, but we don’t want to let up. If there is an opportunity to score runs to take advantage of it to save arms,” Concordia coach Brandt Hutchinson said.
It was the third doubleheader in five days for the Panthers. They have won seven straight games to improve to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in league play.
“Obviously we are playing so much better in every aspect,” Hutchinson said.
Nathan Gieber shut Chapman out on two hits in game one. He struck out seven and didn’t walk any.
Taking advantage of Chapman errors, the Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Nick Thomas had a run producing single, and Skyler Hittle drove in a run.
Concordia pushed the lead to 12-0 with seven runs on four hits, two walks and four errors.
Gieber singled home two runs. Hittle drove in a run with a double.
Scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Panthers ended the game because of the 15-run rule.
Hittle and Thomas walked and Tanner Gilbert singled with two out.
The first run scored on a balk, and Derek Pearson drove in two runs with a single.
Gieber had two hits, drove in two runs and scored two.
In the second game, Concordia scored two runs in the first inning.
Drake Hake and Trevor Nordell singled. Hake scored on a ground ball by Gieber and Hittle singled home Nordell.
Three runs in the second inning gave the Panthers a 4-0 cushion.
Gilbert walked, stole second and scored on a single by Pearson.
Will Stromment followed with a base hit.
Jordan Mehl walked to load the bases, and Nordell knocked in a run with a base hit.
A fly ball by Gieber got the third run home.
Concordia sent 15 batters to the plate, and scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to open up a 14-0 lead.
With one out, Hake reached base on an error and Mehl walked.
Nordell doubled to drive in a run.
Gieber knocked in Mehl wth a single and Hittle followed with a two-run single.
Nick Thomas drove in a run with a single and Gilbert doubled home a run.
Pearson walked and Hake singled to get Gilbert home.
Nordell walked with the bases loaded to force home Pearson.
Hake scored on a passed ball.
The game ended after five innings.
Hittle tossed a one-hitter to get the win. He struck out five and walked two. He also had wo hits and drove in three runs.
Nordell had three hits and drove in three runs.
Hake had two hits and scored three runs.
Gieber drove in three runs.
Concordia is scheduled to play Beloit in a pair of makeup games on Thursday.
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