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  • Frontenac baseball sweeps Southeast, wins CNC League

  • The Frontenac baseball team completed a 18-2 regular season with 2-1 and 5-1 wins over the Southeast Lancers, making some history Thursday night at Mike Falletti Field.

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  • The Frontenac baseball team completed a 18-2 regular season with 2-1 and 5-1 wins over the Southeast Lancers, making some history Thursday night at Mike Falletti Field.
    “We won league tonight,” Frontenac head coach Bill Sullivan said. “That’s a great feeling. We think it’s our first ever CNC League championship. We’ve looked back and the banners show ‘72 as regional champs but we haven’t seen anything before that. Unless anybody can tell me different, we think this is our first-ever league championship at Frontenac High School.”
    Frontenac junior pitcher Blake Vail tossed a five-hit complete game in Game 1 and juniors Matt Standlee and Bryce Burdette combined for one run on three Southeast hits and struck out 10 Lancers over seven innings.
    “It’s been there all year and we expect it to be there,” Sullivan said of the pitching. “I thought Blake came out and really found his groove by the fourth. Once he settled down, he was back to form. I was just proud of the way he bounced back because I thought he didn’t have his best stuff early on but he picked it up later. Matt, good quality start and Bryce, that’s what we’ve been getting. I’m thrilled with it and I can’t say enough about those guys.”
    Southeast received solid pitching from Jason Reed in the first game and Cade Ulery and Riley Ulery in the second game. Reed gave up two runs on six Frontenac hits and over a 21-batter stretch from the top of the third to the bottom of the sixth, neither Reed nor Vail allowed a hit.
    “We played really well,” Southeast head coach David Dainty said. “Jason threw the ball well and he’s been throwing it well all year. It seems like every time we play Frontenac, it’s a good game for us and it’s a good game for them. Unfortunately, tonight, they won but overall, it was good baseball. It was fun and we’re out of here by 8:00.”
    Both teams scored a single run in the first inning of the first game. Southeast leadoff hitter Daniel Peak reached on an infield single — as he outran first baseman Blake Barto to the bag — and then advanced to third on a stolen base and errant throw. Peak scored on a Travis Trayer 3-1 groundout. Frontenac scored its first-inning run on a RBI single by Vail, plating junior catcher Bryan Wade after he singled and stole second.
    It was not until the sixth inning that Frontenac pushed across its second run. Standlee led off with a single, that first hit in 21 batters. Barto successfully bunted Standlee into scoring position and with two outs, after Southeast right fielder Avi Sharma caught a liner off the bat of Christian Sharp, Frontenac designated hitter Ross Edge came through with a game-winning RBI single, a hard shot right up the middle to plate Standlee.
    Page 2 of 3 - Vail retired Southeast 1-2-3 in the seventh to clinch a 2-1 win.
    Frontenac struck first in the second game with one in the first and two in the second. Burdette led off the first with a walk, stole second and scored on a Brett Macary double. Brunetti reached in the second on an infield single and later scored on a wild pitch and throwing error by the catcher. Burdette reached when he was hit by a Cade Ulery pitch and scored on a Wade sacrifice fly. The Raiders added two insurance runs in the fifth on a two-run single by left fielder Ethan Powell, scoring Wade and Vail after they laced singles.
    Southeast plated its only run in the third, helped out by two Frontenac fielding errors, one a two-base error scoring Peak. Cade Ulery smashed a double to lead off the seventh but was left behind at second as Burdette retired Bryan Horgan (1-3 groundout), Aaron Lake (6-3 groundout) and Caleb Biancarelli (flyout to left field) in succession for the doubleheader sweep.
    Frontenac and Southeast could meet again in a regional semifinal game Tuesday in Riverton. The Lancers must first get through a tough game Monday night at home against the Bulldogs of Galena.
    “That’s what we talked about toward the end of the game,” Dainty said. “We’ve got a chance to see them on Tuesday and that motivates everybody a little bit more to play Frontenac again because they’ve played really good baseball all year and we want to see them again Tuesday.”
    “It’s going to be a great ballgame between them and Galena but they’re both good teams and they’re both capable teams,” Sullivan said. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us against whoever advances, we know that.”
    Southeast finishes its regular season 8-10 and times have occasionally been tough for the Lancers this season with devastating injuries to both Josh Thompson and Justin Galloway. Thompson was hurt in Erie and Galloway took a wicked ball in the face recently at home against St. Mary’s Colgan.
    “Justin Galloway is good,” Dainty said. “He had surgery last week and I think he goes to the doctor on Wednesday. Josh Thompson goes to the doctor on Monday, hopefully to get his crutches off. When Galloway goes on Wednesday, he’ll get confirmation on what he can do as far as football and lifting. The surgery went well. They put some aluminum in the orbital bone.”
    Dainty added the Lancers have grown through adversity as a team and their record could easily be 11-7 rather than 8-10.
    Meanwhile, Frontenac split Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League doubleheaders against Baxter Springs and Colgan and swept Erie, Galena, Girard, Riverton and Southeast for its league championship.
    Page 3 of 3 - “What I tell them about league is that you have to play well every night because anybody can beat you on a given night,” Sullivan said. “For the most part, we showed up and did that. At regionals, you play good for two days and you can go to state but in league, you have to play well every night. I’m very proud of that accomplishment and so are the guys.”
    Frontenac wins league titles in baseball and softball.
    Game One
    Frontenac 2, Southeast 1
    SE 100 000 0 — 1 5 0
    FHS 100 001 X — 2 6 1
    Jason Reed and Caleb Biancarelli. Blake Vail and Bryan Wade. WP: Vail. LP: Reed. 2B: Cameron Clark. SB: Daniel Peak; Wade. SH: Bryce Burdette, Blake Barto. LOB: SE 3, FHS 7.
    Game Two
    Frontenac 5, Southeast 1
    SE 001 000 0 — 1 3 1
    FHS 120 020 X — 5 6 2
    Cade Ulery, Riley Ulery (5) and Caleb Biancarelli. Matt Standlee, Bryce Burdette (5) and Bryan Wade. WP: Standlee. LP: C. Ulery. 2B: C. Ulery; Brett Macary. SB: Daniel Peak; Burdette, Wade, Blake Vail. CS: Biancarelli. SF: Wade. LOB: SE 2, FHS 5.

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