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  • Frontenac gives Girard a clean sweep

  • GIRARD — Frontenac head softball coach Cassie Buche said Thursday night’s doubleheader sweep was the first time Frontenac beat Girard in her five years as the head softball coach at Frontenac.

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  • GIRARD — Frontenac head softball coach Cassie Buche said Thursday night’s doubleheader sweep was the first time Frontenac beat Girard in her five years as the head softball coach at Frontenac.
    The Raiders played solid defense behind starting pitcher Lindsey Gorham and broke free of two bases-loaded jams in the first game and parlayed an eight-run frame in the second game into a run-rule win, claiming 11-2 and 13-1 wins against the perennial Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League power.
    “Girard always hits the ball real well,” Buche said. “I thought Lindsey (Gorham) did a great job of digging in and getting the outs when we needed them. We knew coming over here they would put the ball in play. We knew coming over here we’d give up some base hits but we got out of some sticky situations. Our defense was tremendous.”
    Buche used Monday night’s doubleheader sweep of Riverton as motivation for her team on Thursday night.
    “This is the team I expect to be out here all the time,” Buche said. “Monday night was rough for us and coming over here my challenge to them was that we need to be the team that we can be this year. We made a few mistakes but you can make mistakes when you’re hitting the ball the way we are.”
    In the first game, Girard loaded the bases in the third and the seventh. In the third, Frontenac third baseman Rachel Amershek forced out Carly Heatherly at home for the second out and then Amershek threw out Madison Smith out at first to retire the side and surrender no runs. In the seventh, Gorham fielded a Jordan Davied grounder and threw onto Nayna Fields for the final out.
    Girard scored its only runs on a two-run home run by Hannah Jones.
    Frontenac pushed across six in the seventh, highlighted by eight singles.
    “We ended that first game with (eight) hits in that last inning,” Buche said. “When you end a game like that, that’s great momentum.”
    That great momentum continued in the second game when leadoff hitter Fields blasted a home run.
    Frontenac committed three errors in the bottom of the first and Girard tied up the game at 1. However, that one run was the last run for Girard and Frontenac responded with 12 unanswered runs over the next three innings, highlighted by an eight-run fourth inning.
    “We’re going to make mistakes,” Buche said. “Everybody makes mistakes but we can’t make three in one inning like we did. That’s unacceptable for this group because they’re way better than that.
    “They did a good job of coming back in the second and scoring runs when we needed to score runs. We did a great job on the bases. We were really aggressive and again, Lindsey, she’s throwing her butt off for us. Our defense behind her was there tonight so that makes it a lot easier for her.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Frontenac improves to 5-0 on the season and Girard falls to 2-4.
    Frontenac baseball
    The Raiders improved to 5-0 on the season with a sweep of Girard on Thursday, winning a pitcher’s duel 2-0 in Game 1 and coming back from a 5-0 deficit early in Game 2 to win 14-5.
    Frontenac pitchers Ross Edge and Brett Macary combined to two-hit Girard, whose only hits came via an Anthony Scholes single and Nick George double. Edge allowed two hits in five innings pitched, walking four and fanning six. Macary came on in relief and gave up no runs on no hits and no walks.
    “We talked about that (pitching) being one of our strengths,” Frontenac head coach Bill Sullivan said. “The other night, we went a little deeper in our staff and it showed that it was their first time out. Tonight, they came out and had the rust knocked off and I thought they threw real well.”
    George took a complete game loss, allowing two runs on five hits and walking none against five strikeouts.
    Macary hit a solo home run and Matt Standlee drove in the other Frontenac run, both runs scored in the fifth. Both teams combined for seven hits.
    Frontenac allowed five runs quickly in the second game and trailed 5-0 in the third but two innings later that score had changed to a 13-5 Frontenac lead.
    “I told them, ‘We’re down five,’” Sullivan said. “Let’s start piecing away a little bit here and there. We kind of crawled back into it and then had the big inning (fifth). That’s one thing. We are resilient at the plate.
    “I’ve been impressed by (our hitting). I think the cuts we’re taking at practice are paying off and we’re hitting the middle of the baseball and driving it well. It’s been very pleasing to see so far.”
    Game One
    Frontenac softball 11, Girard 2
    FHS    022 001 6 — 11 14 0
    GHS    000 002 0 —  2   8  2
    Lindsey Gorham and Sam Bonner. Haley Pitts and Madison Smith. WP — Gorham. LP — Pitts. 2B — Jennifer Long; Carly Heatherly. HR — Hannah Jones. SB — Nayna Fields 2. CS — Bonner. SH — Gorham, Rachel Amershek, Bonner. LOB — FHS 5, GHS 8.
    Game Two
    Frontenac softball 13, Girard 1 (5 innings)
    FHS    113 80 — 13 12 3
    GHS    100 00 —   1  5  2
    Lindsey Gorham and Sam Bonner. Ashley Johnson, Haley Pitts (4) and Madison Smith. WP — Gorham. LP — Johnson. 2B — Danielle McBride, Bonner. 3B — Rachel Amershek. HR — Nayna Fields. SH — Bonner.
    Game One
    Frontenac baseball 2, Girard 0
    FHS    000 200 0 — 2 5 0
    GHS    000 000 0 — 0 2 1
    Ross Edge, Brett Macary (6) and Bryan Wade. Nick George and Tucker Johnston. WP — Edge. LP — George. 2B — Edge; George. HR — Macary. SB — Anthony Scholes.
    Page 3 of 3 - Game Two
    Frontenac baseball 14, Girard 5

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