Orioles hit the road, come up with weekend wins
The Concordia Orioles picked up a pair of road wins on the baseball diamond on back-to-back days, the latter coming over La Monte 8-1 on Saturday, April 8.
After Cameron Cooper led off the game with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch, Brayden McGinnis brought him home with a one-out single and scored himself on a double by Lane Mueller for a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Spencer Brown reached on a one-out walk in the second and eventually came around to score on a ground out to shortstop by Cooper.
John Sparks started the top of the fourth with a base hit to left field and moved to second on a walk by Tate Bittiker. After both runners moved up a base on a groundout to the mound, Caleb Pfannkuch brought them both home on a shot single to center.
Pfannkuch scored on a base hit by Matt Gatewood, and after reaching on a single, Cooper added a fourth run to cap the big inning.
The Vikings would get their only run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Orioles added one more after Cooper walked with one out in the sixth and eventually scored on a wild pitch to pad the lead for good.
Cooper reached base three times on a hit and two walks and scored all three times. McGinnis and Pfannkuch each had a hit and two stolen bases. Pfannkuch drove in two runs, while Cooper, Gatewood, McGinnis and Mueller had one RBI each.
Mueller got the start at pitcher and went 2 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 3. Pfannkuch yielded the only run in the next 2 frames, giving up one walk and one hit. Gatewood was lights out, tossing 3 perfect innings to finish the night with 6 K’s.
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A pitcher’s duel broke out on Friday, April 7, but the Huskers did strike early when Clayton Berry launched a home run to left in the bottom of the first.
The game stayed 1-0 until the Orioles broke through in the top of the fifth. Cooper whacked a one-single to right and moved to second on a walk by McGinnis.
With two outs, Lane Mueller grounded toward second, but the ball was misplayed, allowing Cooper to score. Peyton Moore knocked in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle.
Bittiker proved to be the other hero, pitching a shutout after allowing the homer for a complete-game victory where he only gave up 4 hits and a walk while punching out 5.
Concordia improves to 5-2. The Orioles take on Slater, Sweet Springs, Crest Ridge and Wellington this week.