Panthers pull out late inning win
Paige Evans doubled home Robin Daniels in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Allissa Kearn retired Chapman in order in the top of the seventh to give the Concordia Panthers an 8-7 victory over the Irish in the second game of a North Central Kansas League doubleheader Friday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Concordia won the first game of the twinbill, that was originally scheduled for April 5 but was rained out, 7-5.
The Panthers improved to 9-9 overall, and finished league play, 3-7.
It was the third doubleheader in four days for Concordia.
The Panthers and the Irish were tied at 7-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning in game two.
Daniels singled with one out, and Evans followed with a double that gave Concordia the 8-7 lead.
Kearn, who came on in relief of Chelsea Martin in the fifth inning, got a popup, a strikeout and a fly ball to lock up the win for the Panthers.
Concordia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Makayla Nelson and Lauren Forshee each singled and scored.
Chapman made it 2-1 with a run in the top of the third inning.
The Panthers answered with five runs in the bottom of the third.
Michaela Hyman reached base on an error and scored.
Daniels got aboard on a fielder’s choice and came around to score.
Evans singled and scored on an error.
Ashley Beaumont reached base and scored.
Martin singled home a run and Tristen Leiszler had a two-run single.
Chapman got one run back in the fourth inning and then tied the game with four runs in the fifth.
Martin pitched four and a third innings and gave up seven runs on five hits. She struck out four and walked one.
Kearn worked two and two-thirds scoreless innings. She allowed three hits, struck out one and didn’t walk any.
Leiszler had two hits and drove in two runs for the Panthers.
Forshee, Daniels and Evans had two hits each.
In the first game, Chapman broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third inning.
Forshee singled home Nelson and Hyman in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 game.
Concordia went on top to stay, 6-2, with four runs in the fourth inning.
Leiszler walked and Nelson got aboard on a bunt single.
Hyman singled to drive in two runs.
Following a bunt single by Madeline Hoard, Daniels knocked in two runs with a double.
Chapman scored one run in the fifth inning.
Evans singled and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth, and the Panthers led 7-4.
The Irish added a run in the seventh.
Kearn pitched all seven innings to get the win. She gave up five runs on nine hits, struck out one and didn’t walk any.
Daniels had three hits and drove in two runs.
Hyman was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.
Leiszler and Evans had two hits each.
Concordia finishes up the regular season with a doubleheader at Riley County on Thursday.
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