Panthers walk off with sweep of Red Raiders
Scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Concordia Panthers rallied for a 6-5 victory to complete a sweep of Wamego in a North Central Kansas League doubleheader Tuesday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
After winning the first game 10-0, Concordia trailed Wamego 5-2 heading into the bottom half of the final inning in game two.
The Panthers put up four runs to pull out the win and improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 on league play.
“The first six innings of the second game everything was a pop up. Finally our guys made some adjustments in the seventh inning and strung some hits and walks together to pull out the win,” Concordia coach Brandt Hutchinson said.
Sophomore Chase Parker tossed a one-hit shutout as Concordia downed the Red Raiders in five innings in game one.
With the Panthers trailing in the second game, Nick Vignery led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. He was forced out at second on a ground ball by Jacob Williams.
Wyatt Trost doubled to drive in Williams with the first run in the inning.
Chas Carlgren followed with a run producing double.
Carlgren scored the tying run on a single by Gavin Thomas.
Hunter Schroeder singled and Tim Peltier walked.
With the bases loaded and two out, Tryston Jochems drew a walk to force home the winning run.
Williams pitched two and third hitless innings to get the win for the Panthers. He struck out two and walked three.
Jochems gave up five runs, two earned, on two hits in four and two-thirds innings. He struck out four and walked two.
After being shut out in the first game, Wamego put up two runs in the top of the first inning in game two.
Trost walked and scored on a single by Schroeder in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1.
A run in the top of the third inning gave Wamego a 3-1 advantage.
Concordia again pulled within a run, 3-2, with a run in the fourth inning.
Ivon Owen walked with two out. He scored on a single by Vignery.
The Red Raiders made it a 5-2 game with two runs in the fifth inning.
The Panthers then battled back to get the win in the seventh.
Concordia scored six runs on eight hits.
Thomas was 3-for-4 at the plate.
Schroeder had two hits and Carlgren drove in two runs.
Coming off its first two losses at Riley County on Friday, the Panthers banged out 11 hits and got a solid pitching performance from Parker in knocking off Wamego in the first game of the twinbill.
“We came out and hit the ball well early and threw the ball well and you could see our confidence jump up in that first game,” Hutchinson said.
Parker allowed just a first inning single. He struck out eight and didn't walk any in five innings of work.
Concordia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Williams singled and Trost reached base on an error.
Carlgren drove in two runs with a double and scored on a two-out triple by Schroeder.
Adding three runs in the second inning, the Panthers led 6-0.
A sacrifice fly by Carlgren got the first run home.
Thomas drove in a run with a single, and Schroeder knocked in Trost.
Concordia pushed the lead to 8-0 with two runs in the fourth inning.
Thomas doubled to drive in Trost and scored on a single by Schroeder.
Scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Panthers ended the game because of the 10-run rule.
Peltier and Parker each singled.
A base hit by Vignery got Peltier home.
An error on a ball hit by Williams allowed the final run to score.
Schroeder had two hits in three at bats and drove in three runs.
Thomas had two hits and knocked in two runs.
Williams was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Carlgren drove in three runs.
Concordia hosts Chapman in a league doubleheader next Tuesday.