Pittsburg softball ended with a season-opening split Thursday night against Chanute at Cheryl Stice Field — winning the second 6-2 after losing the opener 13-12.
In the second game, Pittsburg senior Andie Casper made her first start in the circle since the summer of her eighth grade year or maybe her freshman year, according to Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard. Casper allowed two runs on two hits and struck out three.
Pittsburg cleaned up its defensive play in the second game.
“We made a lot of good defensive plays in the outfield and in the infield,” Packard said. “Kylie Wilber threw out a couple runners trying to stretch out their hits, one at second and one at third.”
Pittsburg found enough offense with four in the fifth. Bethanne Elliott hit a two-run double scoring Casper and Katy Short and designated player Emily Ebbs hit a two-run inside-the-park home run down the right field line, additionally scoring Elliott.
“That inning got us some momentum and we had a couple good three-up, three-down innings after that,” Packard said.
Pittsburg scored its six runs on eight hits and the Dragon attack produced five RBI.
The first game was marked by heavy-duty run production in the first three innings. Pittsburg scored eight in the first and three in the third, while Chanute pushed across five in the first, seven in the second and one in the third. Pittsburg scored the lone run after three.
“Mercedes (Vogel) really pitched well,” Packard said. “We had some errors that made the innings longer than they should have been. We haven’t been on that field since Purple & White (the Purple & White Scrimmage) and on the dirt in a week.”
Vogel picked up three RBI, including two on a double to center field, and scored two runs.
Pittsburg had a chance to even up the game, leaving the tying run at third.
High school baseball/softball
ALTAMONT — The Frontenac Raiders opened their season in style Thursday night against the Labette County Grizzlies.
Softball won 14-1 and 10-0. Baseball won 8-7 and 4-0.
Frontenac baseball held off a Labette County rally in the first game. The Raiders exploded for six runs in the first and the Grizzlies trailed 8-2 headed into the bottom of the sixth. Labette scored five in the sixth on Frontenac reliever Bryce Burdette but the Raider senior closed the door in the seventh.
Blake Vail led the Frontenac offense with a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs. Brett Macary picked up an RBI triple and Burdette, Ross Edge and Caleb Spangler all come through with RBI. Frontenac capitalized on three Labette County errors.
In the second game, Frontenac pitchers Matt Standlee and Brett Macary dominated the opposition.
Page 2 of 2 - Standlee sat down 10 Grizzlies in four innings and Standlee-Macary combined to allow only four hits, each surrendering two.
Macary went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in two. Standlee gave himself more than enough run support with two RBI.
Frontenac (2-0) hosts Colgan (0-1) on Monday.
Raider softball dominated with its pitching. Taylor Smith (first game) and Lindsey Gorham (second game) allowed one run on five hits in a pair of run-rule victories. Gorham struck out nine in her three-hit shutout.
In the first game, Libby Warrick led the Raider offense with three runs scored and three RBI in a 2-3 effort highlighted by a triple. Samantha Bonner and Ashton Alex each scored two runs.
In the second game, Nayna Fields picked up three RBI and scored two runs.
Frontenac (2-0) also hosts Colgan on Monday, opening up Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League play.
High school tennis
COFFEYVILLE — Pittsburg won its second varsity tournament of the season with a five-point margin Thursday in the Coffeyville Invitational.
Hank Cloninger (No. 2 singles), Micah Hashman-Nick Powers (No. 1 doubles) and Adrian McAfee-Josh Dial (No. 2 doubles) all finished play 4-0, claiming first place.
Team results: Pittsburg 14, Iola 9, Columbus 8, Coffeyville 3, Chanute 3.
High school golf
INDEPENDENCE — Jayson Rogers led Girard with a 27th place finish (95 score) and Jake Austin led Pittsburg in 39th, shooting 103, Thursday in the Independence Invitational.
Team results: Independence 339, Labette County 343, Columbus 358, Iola 358, Fort Scott 362, Coffeyville 370, Chanute 403, Girard 431, Pittsburg 440, Riverton 513.
Pittsburg results: Jake Austin 103, Justin Wuerdeman 108, Alex Smith 111, Jon Commons 118, Calvin Thyer 120, Jordan Daniels 140.
Girard results: Jayson Rogers 95, Aaron Boore 104, Marlon Bolden 110, Jonathan Westhoff 122, Zack Hyman 131, James Spieth 132.