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Morning Sun
  • Frontenac 9-10s waltz to state title

  • The Frontenac 9-10 All-Stars completed a flawless run through the Kansas Little League State Tournament with a 12-0 run-rule victory Saturday evening over host Baxter Springs, leading from stem-to-stern in the five-inning contest.


     

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  • The Frontenac 9-10 All-Stars completed a flawless run through the Kansas Little League State Tournament with a 12-0 run-rule victory Saturday evening over host Baxter Springs, leading from stem-to-stern in the five-inning contest.
    In some ways, it was the Raio Show starring pitcher Ryan and second baseman Jeremy.
    With two runners on in the first, Ryan Raio supported himself when he laced a double down the left field line, a hot shot just fair which plated Kaston Fields and Jeremy Raio for a quick 2-0 lead. Clay Jameson promptly doubled in Ryan Raio and Frontenac continued its trend of fast starts with a 4-0 after one.
    Jeremy Raio gave Frontenac a 5-0 edge when he doubled home Mason Allen, who reached on a walk and stole second before the Raio extra-base hit.
    In the fourth, Ryan Raio made the cushion a lucky seven runs with a double into center field, plating Fields, who singled and stole second.
    The game took a turn for the surreal in the fifth. Collin McCartney hit a sharp one down the right field line and despite the efforts of the first base umpire to rouse the right fielder's attention to a fair ball, he stood still in his spot as McCartney rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Baxter center fielder Henry Riley finally ran over to deep along the line in right but it proved too little, too late as McCartney had already crossed home plate by the time Riley threw the ball back into the infield.
    With a 10-0 lead, Ryan Raio collected his third RBI double of the game, his second two-run double and RBI No. 4 and No. 5 with a base-clearing shot to the warning track in left.
    On the bump, Ryan Raio tossed a complete game shutout, allowing only three Baxter hits and striking out six, including the game's final out.
    The state champions won one for injured player Cale Bridwell, who was unable to attend the championship game.
    Frontenac — coached by Dan Raio, Scott Fields and Denny Ferraro — ended the run of Girard over the last couple years in the 9-10 age bracket.
    Kansas Little League State Championship
    at Baxter Springs
    Frontenac 9-10 All-Stars 12, Baxter Springs 0 (5 innings)
    FRO    411 15 — 12 11 0
    BAX    000 00 —  0  3 0
    WP: Ryan Raio. HR: Collin McCartney. 2B: Ryan Raio 3, Clay Jameson, Jeremy Raio; Bryce Thiessen. SB: Mason Allen, Kaston Fields. LOB: FRO 4, BAX 5.

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