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Morning Sun
  • Pitchers anything but cold this season

  • Temperatures and other elements have bordered on dreary and cumbersome this spring but pitchers in baseball and softball have given several great individual performances already this season.



    We have seen a perfect game, no-hitters, complete games and shutouts. Here’s a few of the standouts on the mound.

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  • Temperatures and other elements have bordered on dreary and cumbersome this spring but pitchers in baseball and softball have given several great individual performances already this season.
    We have seen a perfect game, no-hitters, complete games and shutouts. Here’s a few of the standouts on the mound.
    • The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers have a great tradition of high-caliber pitching. For example, state pitching records on the book include single-season lowest team ERA (0.96 in 1997) and Evan Moodie owns the record for no-hitters in a season and career with his three in 1995, his senior year.
    During a six-game winning streak this season, the Panthers have been impressive with their pitchers combining to allow only three runs over their last 44 innings — Christian Cedeno, V.J. Piccini, Drew Dawson and Tully Yoakam against Baxter Springs, Independence, Webb City and Galena.
    Cedeno tossed a perfect game Monday against Galena during a 9-0 win at JayCee Ballpark. His accuracy was spot-on — 59 strikes and 13 strikeouts in 74 pitches — and Colton Gilbert made a sensational catch in right on a ball hit on a rope by Galena catcher Aaron Cockerel.
    “We have to start with Christian’s perfect game,” Colgan head coach Mike Watt said. “That’s just incredible. I’ve had a couple in 28 years, that just shows you how rare they are. He was in complete command from the beginning, I believe he threw 74 pitches in seven innings, kept them off-balance and kept filling the strike zone up.”
    Cedeno struck out Gabe Helton, Deven Newman and Kyler Cook swinging in the seventh to achieve perfection.
    • Pittsburg State senior Matt Stalcup leads the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with 76 strikeouts in 46.0 innings. In fact, No. 9 leads Division II in strikeouts per nine innings at 14.87; David Ledbetter of Cedarville ranks second at 13.63 K/9.
    Over his last four starts, three wins and one loss, Stalcup has 49 Ks in 28.2 innings. He fanned 12 against Emporia State, a school-record 15 against Central Oklahoma, nine against nationally-ranked Missouri Western and 13 against Lincoln. His ERA stands at 2.93 headed into a scheduled start this weekend against Lindenwood.
    Other recent standout pitching performances for the Gorillas include a three-hit shutout by senior Cody Wren against Lincoln and a three-hit shutout by George Brandecker against Emporia State. These are the only shutouts on the season for Pitt State.
    • Pitt State freshman pitcher Kyndel Shelburn has made a big impact on the Gorillas during her first season.
    She owns a 8-8 record with a 2.48 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 121.1 innings, recording 12 complete games and three shutouts. At one point, she went on a five-game winning streak and owned an ERA of 1.65.
    Her luck, at times, can easily be described as unfortunate. For example, against nationally-ranked Fort Hays State, Shelburn allowed one run on one hit over 9 2/3 innings. She lost a 1-0 decision to Maddie Holub of Fort Hays, one of the best players in the nation.
    Page 2 of 2 - Shelburn’s one-hitter was the first-ever extra-inning one and was the first Pitt State one-hitter since Melissa Slayden against Northeastern State in 2010. On Tuesday against Missouri Southern, Shelburn came back with her second one-hitter in only a matter of days.
    By the way, Pitt State broke Holub’s streaks of runnerless innings (17), hitless innings (21) and scoreless innings (40). Holub pitched back-to-back perfect games in starts leading up to her start against the Gorillas. Pitt State roughed Holub up a little bit when she made a relief appearance in a PSU win for a doubleheader split.
    • Back to the high school level.
    Pittsburg junior pitcher Mercedes Vogel tossed her first no-hitter last Tuesday against Coffeyville.
    “Mercedes pitched very relaxed,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “She struck out six and her teammates’ defense was able to make the routine plays for her. She was very excited about pitching a no-hitter. It is her first. We are all excited for her.”
    Frontenac senior Lindsey Gorham pitched a one-hit shutout against Girard last Monday and Girard sophomore Alissa Schroeder, making her first varsity start, came back in the nightcap with a three-hit shutout against Frontenac.
    “She threw outstanding tonight,” Girard head coach Jim Vinze said of Schroeder. “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.”
    A couple weeks back, Fort Scott pitchers Hannah Geneva and Kyenne Wade struck out 24 batters during 10-2 and 9-3 wins over Pittsburg.
    On the same day as Vogel, Wade threw a no-hitter against Parsons, striking out 15 in a 10-0 Fort Scott win.
    On the baseball diamond, Southeast senior Josh Thompson earned the win in a 2-1 first game of a season-opening doubleheader against Cherryvale. Thompson pitched a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 win against Galena.
    Northeast sophomore Jacob Bryant allowed one run and struck out seven in a 11-1 win for the Vikings over Chetopa. Bryant owns three wins this season with a 2.14 ERA.
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