PITTSBURG — A late night at the ballpark saw Frontenac split a pair of games in the 13-and-under Babe Ruth district tournament, defeating Columbus 25-10 in game one, before losing 11-0 against Pittsburg in game two.
FRONTENAC DEFEATS COLUMBUS
A high-scoring affair saw Frontenac take the opener 25-10 over Columbus.
Frontenac heated up with five runs in the first inning, before exploding for 16 runs in the second en route to the win.
“It was a slow game, but our kids hit the ball well and we scored a lot early,” Frontenac head coach John Cleland said. “It got out of hand early and it was a hard baseball game to play, but the kids did a good job. They hit the ball and ran the bases well.”
Frontenac hit the ground running, scoring five runs in the opening frame.
Aaron Doria, Brett Cleland, Lane Franklin, Collin McCartney and Michael Doria all crossed the plate in the first.
Columbus cut the deficit to 5-3 in the bottom half of the first, but Frontenac broke through for 16 runs in the second inning to go up 21-3.
Jackson Powell highlighted the 16-run inning, as he collected eight RBIs in the inning on the strength of a grand slam, a three-run single and an RBI double.
Columbus got seven runs back in the bottom half of the second, but Frontenac added three runs in the third to push the lead to 14-10.
Adam Williams drove in McCartney for the first run of the inning, before he and Doria came around to score on productive groundouts.
Williams came in to score again in the fifth for Frontenac’s final run of the game.
Powell was named the MVP of the game, driving in eight runs on three hits with two runs scored and two walks.
McCartney won the WOW award, as he also had three hits with an RBI, four runs scored and a walk.
PITTSBURG TOPS FRONTENAC
Pittsburg handed Frontenac its first loss in the double-elimination tournament with an 11-0 win in the second game of the night.
It was an all-around team effort for Pittsburg in the win, receiving four shutout innings on the mound by the starter Cooper Hayden and productive at-bats throughout the contest.
“Pitching was excellent,” Pittsburg head coach Mike Farrington said. “We hit the ball early and often and drove in runners all game long, but the presence on the mound was the key.”
Pittsburg wasted no time in taking the lead, crossing the plate four times in the opening frame to go up 4-0.
Seth Gann got Pittsburg going with a leadoff single, before advancing from first to third on a double to center field off the bat of Braden Benson.
Cooper Hayden capitalized on the scoring opportunity with a three-run home run over the fence in center field.
Pittsburg kept the line moving with a pair of base hits from Tyler Sutton and Austin McKechnie.
Sutton later came in to score on a single to left field by Kaden Vogel.
Pittsburg increased its lead to 6-0 with a pair of runs in the second inning.
The inning was highlighted by an RBI double to right field by Hayden, who capitalized on a defensive miscue to score the second run of the inning.
Cale Farrington came through with an RBI single to right field in the fourth, before Pittsburg tallied four more runs in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 11-0.
Three of the innings four runs crossed the plate on a double to center field by Sutton.
Hayden won the MVP award for Pittsburg, notching 11 strikeouts through four, shutout innings and collecting five RBIs on two hits at the plate.
Powell won the MVP for Frontenac, earning six strikeouts on the mound and one hit at the plate.
Round two of the tournament will begin with a rematch between Frontenac and Columbus at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with Pittsburg awaiting the winner for a game scheduled for 8 p.m. on Bill Russell Field.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.