2015 Team Preview: Concordia



By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

As we prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Concordia
Nickname: Panthers
Class: 4A-II
League: North Central Kansas (NCKL)
Head Coach: Brandt Hutchinson
Years as Head Coach at School: 8
2014 Overall Record: 15-6
2014 League Record: 6-2
2014 Post-Season Finish: Lost in first round at 4A-II state tournament

Returning Starters: 7
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 1

TOP RETURNERS
Drake Hake, SS, 2015
Tanner Gilbert, OF, 2015
Trevor Tholstrup, OF, 2016
Ethan Bechard, 3B, 2016

X-FACTOR
Drake Hake. The Panthers senior shortstop has been named all-NCKL the past two seasons. Last spring he hit .410 with 36 runs scored, 33 stolen bases while posting a .530 on base percentage courtesy of a team leading 16 walks.

NEWCOMERS TO WATCH
Two sophomores look to make an impact this spring for Concordia in RHP/1B Ian Nordell and RHP/IF Cole Larsen.

KEY PLAYER LOST
Jordan Mehl, 2B, 2014. Mehl was named to the KABC 4A-II All-State team after hitting .582 with 26 runs scored and a team-leading RBI total of 41 last spring.

2015 OUTLOOK
The Panthers return seven everyday starters from their 15-6 team that reached the 4A-II state tournament last spring, including a pair of seniors that have earned all-NCKL honors the past two seasons in shortstop Drake Hake and centerfielder Tanner Gilbert. In addition juniors Trevor Tholstrup and Ethan Bechard return after earning all-league honors as sophomores. Concordia also returns experience in senior catcher Jaden Payeur, senior right-handed pitcher/infielder Braden Johnson and junior utility player Colby Trost.

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