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Doubleheaders in bloom for Panther baseball

It’s been doubleheaders galore for the Glencoe-Silver Lake baseball team. The Panthers are making up for lost time with six of their seven games last week being contested under a “Let’s play two!” format.
After going 3-0 to start the season, GSL suffered its first loss in the opening game of a Wright County Conference West doubleheader against Litchfield on Tuesday, May 1, at Vollmer Field.
The Dragons put up three runs in the second inning and never trailed in a 4-2 victory. Carsen Streich accounted for all of the Panthers’ offense by means of a two-run home run to left field in the fifth inning.
GSL starter Korey Johnson took the complete-game loss after allowing eight hits and four runs while walking one and striking out five.
The Panthers had their revenge in the nightcap, rallying from a quick three-run deficit with a pair of runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth to claim a 5-3 victory.
Chandler Glaeser scattered 10 hits and one walk while striking out three batters over six innings in a complete game victory. He helped his own cause with a two-run single in the fourth that put GSL up for good.
The Panthers earned another doubleheader split two days later at Annandale, winning 4-3 and losing 5-2.
The split was secured as GSL rallied for four runs in their final at-bat to turn a shutout loss into a one-run triumph.
After Tyler Siewert got the Panthers on the board with a two-out RBI single, Streich drove home Spencer Lepel and Siewert with a two-run double with Taylor Schauer coming home on an error by the left fielder for the win.
Starting pitcher Joe Knudten earned the complete-game win after allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out one.
GSL opened its weekend by battering a trio of non-conference opponents.
After eking by Norwood Young America, 10-9, on April 28, the Panthers roared past the Raiders in the rematch, winning 14-2 on Friday, May 4.
Streich and Glaeser each knocked in three RBI, while starter Brett Baumgarten earned the win.
GSL brought the big bats to Lester Prairie the next day, walloping the host Bulldogs by a combined score of 27-4 to improve to 8-2 this spring.