The Frontenac Raiders swept the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers, winning a close first game 7-6 before cruising to a 12-2 win in the second.
“I’m pleased with the wins, but I think it’s pretty evident that we have a lot of work to do,” said Frontenac head coach Cassie Buche. “We were pretty rusty in the first game and made a lot of mistakes. I felt like our play, offensively, wasn’t too discipline in the first game and I thought we played a lot more disciplined in the second game.”
The Panthers took a one-run lead, thanks to Amanda McBride’s hit in the third inning before the Raiders responded with Kendall Hamblin scoring and then went ahead with Lindsey Gorham’s run.
Seven runs would be scored between the two sides in the fourth inning. The Panthers took a 5-2 lead.
Emily Merando scored off a run to bring the Raiders within two.
A high-flying hit became an error for the Panthers and Hamblin capitalized off of it by scoring the tying run.
With the game tied at six in the sixth inning, the Raiders took the lead with a run by Hamblin and the Panthers could not respond in the seventh.
In the second game, the Raiders took control of the game, early, by going up by three before adding two more in the second inning.
An inside hit in the second saw the score go to four runs in Frontenac’s favor and Hamblin added another run to make it 5-0.
Amanda McBride put the Panthers on the board with a run in the third.
A double run in the bottom of the fifth saw the Raiders take an 8-1 lead and they would add four more runs in the sixth to close out the game.
“In the first game, we were just so anxcious to hit, the ones that certain hitters don’t often hit at,” Buche said. “I think we just relaxed a little, defensively, too. Lindsey threw a great game in game two and kept the balance.”