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Morning Sun
  • Macary inks with Pitt State, Spangler with Avila

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  • The Frontenac Raider baseball team can add two more college signings to its impressive run of recent years. On Wednesday afternoon, seniors Brett Macary and Caleb Spangler inked their national letters of intent to play college baseball, Macary at Pittsburg State, Spangler at Avila (NAIA). Macary started for the Raiders from the beginning of his high school career and has earned three All-County selections. He batted .358 with 25 runs scored, 29 hits, five doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI during the historic state title season of 2012. "I'm very excited," Macary said. "Just to start something new. It's a dream come true. Just staying home with family, staying close to them so they can see every game. It will be really nice to just stay home and stay close to everybody." Macary will join a Pitt State baseball program on the rise under second-year head coach Matt Murray, who's never played or coached on a losing baseball team. "He's a great guy," Macary said. "I really enjoy how he coaches and stuff. He's just a great guy on and off the field." Macary became a fixture on the hot corner for the Raiders, as well as for Pittsburg Post 64. "Brett is one of the hardest-working guys you'll be around," Frontenac head coach Bill Sullivan said. "He has a very strong passion for the game of baseball. You can't help but think this has been a dream of his since he was a little kid. I'm excited he's going to be local, so we can watch him play. I think Brett's got a great future ahead of him at Pitt State." During his freshman year, Spangler transferred to Frontenac from Southeast; Spangler made an impact on Frontenac athletics, along with fellow SE transfer Bryce Burdette. "I transferred after the first nine weeks of my freshman year," Spangler said. "That first year, we made it to state that year and got third. I love Coach Sullivan and I love the baseball program here. All our teammates here are strong and I love our team chemistry." Spangler pitched in nine games last season for the Raiders, primarily as a closer type, posting a 1-0 record with two saves. "I'm excited," Spangler said. "I never thought I'd be able to play at the next level but I'm excited it's happening. I'm a little surprised because I never really thought about it until last year. Once things started falling into place and things started happening, I was happy for it." "With Caleb, I think the sky's the limit," Sullivan said. "I still see Caleb, he's going to grow, his leverage is going to be longer. I can see him doing good things at the next level. He works hard, he's dedicated to it and he's a good kid. I think Caleb's got a bright future ahead for him." Present at the signing Wednesday afternoon was former Pitt State hurler and Avila head coach Daryl Cronk. Cronk holds the school record for career victories (27) and played in the late 1990s for Steve Bever. "I think Caleb will do just fine," Cronk said. "He's a kid who's got a lot of potential, a lot of upside, comes from a good program. I've always felt that like kids that want to get better and strive to get better are better kids for your program than kids who just have a lot of talent. It's got to be a good fit and Caleb, I think he's going to be a real good fit for Avila baseball." Cronk coached with Murray at Central Missouri, both assistants under former Pitt State player Tom Myers. Back to Frontenac. Last year's senior class brought college signees Matt Standlee and Blake Vail (Pitt State), Bryan Wade (Wisconsin-Parkside) and Bryce Burdette (Missouri Valley). Macary and Spangler join this college-bound group. "It's a great tribute to them, their hard work they've put in," Sullivan said. "I'm really proud of them." Macary and Spangler hope to continue the recent Frontenac tradition of success their senior year. "Hopefully, we can win another state championship," Macary said. "That's the goal, to get to back to state and just enjoy my last year." "They split 4A into two different groups and we're in the smallest group," Spangler said. "I think people underestimate us because we lost a big class but I think we're going to do some damage." "I'm counting on both those guys," Sullivan said. "We have a senior class right now who's going to have to carry us. I think they're capable of doing it. They're looking forward to the challenge."
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