The Frontenac Raiders and the Girard Trojans delivered nothing less than what one would expect from these Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League softball rivals Monday at the Raider Sports Complex.
Frontenac and Girard exchanged shutout victories — Frontenac winning the first game 6-0 and Girard earning a split 3-0.
Frontenac senior Lindsey Gorham pitched a one-hit shutout in the opener and Girard sophomore Alissa Schroeder predominantly baffled the veteran Raiders in the nightcap with a three-hitter.
“She threw outstanding tonight,” Girard head coach Jim Vinze said. “We pitched her in a JV game last week and she threw well so I thought I’d throw her in a varsity game and she came out and threw an outstanding game. Any time you haven’t seen a pitcher coming up through the ages, you really don’t know what they throw and Alissa kept them off-balance by going up-and-down, in-and-out.”
“Great teams still get beat and I think I have a great team,” Frontenac head coach Cassie Buche said. “So does Girard. Credit to the Schroeder girl for keeping us off-balance but this loss doesn’t define our team and it’s not going to define our season. . . . We had no errors. We played a great game defensively. I felt like Lindsey did a great job on the mound and they just got some bloops when they needed them. We couldn’t get anything to go our way in the second game and that’s part of the game.”
Frontenac pieced together only singles against Schroeder — two by Gorham and one by Libby Warrick. Gorham singled first in the first inning and her second came in the seventh — no Raider hits for 13 straight batters. Warrick singled with two outs in the seventh but to no avail against Schroeder.
“I kind of felt that at the plate in the second game, we weren’t as disciplined and I don’t mean by disciplined as in we’re striking out all the time or we’re swinging at bad pitches,” Buche said. “I felt like we were swinging at pitches on the half of the plate where we’re not most confident in. We put a little too much pressure on ourselves at the plate.”
The Trojans scored all three of their runs with two outs in the third. Carly Heatherly started a string of three straight hits with a double into the left-center gap and Tristan Broce delivered a two-run double with the bases full.
“It’s frustrating because they scored three runs with two outs,” Buche said. “We had that big double play there where we catch the bunt pop-up charging hard and pick them off at one. Then, they score three with two outs. I walked (Katie Jahay) because she had been hitting the ball really well all night to get to Tristan (Broce). Tristan’s a good hitter too but I felt like this way we’ll set up where we’ll have a force at every base. Tristan came through and that was huge for them. That’s all they needed.”
Page 2 of 3 - Girard backed up Schroeder with solid defense, highlighted by a diving catch in center by senior Hope McLeod.
“Defense was very solid the first game and the second game was outstanding,” Vinze said. “Our outfielders made some diving catches out there and in the game of softball, if you can run down balls in the outfield, it makes you a nice, solid team.”
Frontenac won the opener behind the solid pitching of Gorham, who allowed only a solitary double to Katie Jahay in the second. Gorham struck out five Girard batters, plus induced 10 flyball outs and five groundball outs.
The Raiders scored two in the first on a two-run double by junior third baseman Rachel Amershek and four in the sixth highlighted by a three-run double by senior center fielder Jennifer Long.
“I felt like in game one, there wasn’t much more that we could have done,” Buche said. “We hit the ball well. I felt like we executed the bunt well. I felt like we defended the bunt well. We did a lot of great things.”
Frontenac moved to 7-1 on the season and 5-1 in the CNC.
Girard remains even at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the CNC.
“I’m very happy,” Vinze said. “Our goal this year is to get better every game. First game tonight, we were solid and the second game we were even better.”
Frontenac baseball sweeps Girard
The Raiders stayed undefeated with a sweep of the Trojans, 11-6 and 9-4.
In the opener, Frontenac senior Blake Vail parlayed a 2-for-3 evening (both singles) into four RBI and on his only out, Vail drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Brett Macary and Blake Barto each picked up two RBI.
Tanner Stout led the Girard offense with three RBI.
In the nightcap, Matt Standlee earned the win by five complete innings of one-hit ball. No. 12 struck out 11 Trojan hitters and walked only two.
Offensively, Frontenac was led by Macary and Standlee with two RBI apiece.
Frontenac ran its undefeated record to 8-0 and 6-0 CNC.
Frontenac softball 6, Girard 0
GIR 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
FRO 200 004 X — 6 11 1
Ashley Johnson and Kelci Murphy. Lindsey Gorham and Samantha Bonner. WP: Gorham. LP: Johnson. E: Tristan Broce; Bonner. 2B: Katie Jahay; Rachel Amershek, Jennifer Long. SH: Jennifer Long. LOB: GIR 1, FRO 6.
Girard 3, Frontenac 0
GIR 003 000 0 — 3 10 0
FRO 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Alissa Schroeder and Kelci Murphy. Lindsey Gorham, Rachel Amershek (7) and Samantha Bonner. WP: Schroeder. LP: Gorham. 2B: Carly Heatherly. SH: Hannah Jones, Heatherly. LOB: GIR 8, FRO 3.
Frontenac baseball 11, Girard 6
GIR 001 004 1 — 6 6 2
FRO 105 221 X — 11 12 2
Page 3 of 3 - Jordan Baker, Ashton McManis (5) and Tucker Johnston. Blake Vail, Bryce Burdette (6), Caleb Spangler (7) and Bryan Wade. WP: Vail. LP: Baker. SV: Spangler. E: Nate George, Teddy Paoni; Brett Macary 2. 2B: Nick George; Wade, Gus Brunetti. 3B: Macary. SF: Vail. SB: Nate George; Vail, Wade, Ross Edge, Burdette. HBP: Nick George, Jacob VanLeeuwen; Wade, Matt Standlee. LOB: GIR 8, FRO 7.
Frontenac 9, Girard 4
GIR 000 301 0 — 4 2 3
FRO 100 422 X — 9 10 1
Nate George, Ashton McManis (5) and Tucker Johnston. Matt Standlee, Brett Macary (6) and Bryan Wade. WP: Standlee. LP: George. E: Tyler Green, Seth Little, Brandon Walker; Ross Edge. 2B: Bryce Burdette. 3B: Matt Standlee. SB: George; Burdette. HBP: Blake Vail, Blake Barto. LOB: GIR 4, FRO 5.