LIBERAL — St. Mary’s Colgan baseball traveled to Liberal, Missouri where they topped the Bulldogs 5-4 early on Saturday. The Panthers have been playing their best baseball of the season as of late, and will look to continue this momentum as the season heads to a close.

The Panthers struck first in the bottom of the third inning. Andrew Lomshek started the inning with a walk, before being drove in by a Cade Simmons groundout. Parker Wydick drove in Matthew Lomshek later in the inning to give Colgan a 2-0 lead.

Liberal would score a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the fifth Simmons would add another run to the Panthers lead, hitting a sacrifice fly to left field to score Matthew Lomshek. After allowing the Bulldogs to take the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth, Kannon Keller brought Derek VanBecelaere home on a sacrifice fly to tie the score at four.

Bryce Hutchins’ two-out single in the bottom of the seventh would become the difference maker, with two Liberal errors allowed Hutchins to score the walk-off run.

Cade Simmons had two RBIs and one walk. Matthew Lomshek, Hutchins, and Keller were responsible for the three Colgan hits.

Wydick earned the win in relief. Logan Lindsey, Simmons, and Matthew Lomshek also pitched in the game.

St. Mary’s Colgan is now 4-8 on the season. After dropping their first six games, coach Mike Watt’s team has won four of their last six. Pitching has led the Panthers to their current level of play, allowing only six runs in those four wins.

Of their last two loses, both were within two points.

ON DECK

St. Mary’s-Colgan varsity baseball and softball will host Riverton in a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.