Up until the seventh inning of the first game of a doubleheader between St. Mary’s-Colgan and Baxter Springs, things were tight to say the least.

Up until the seventh inning of the first game of a doubleheader between St. Mary’s-Colgan and Baxter Springs, things were tight to say the least.

Colgan had just a 5-3 lead and had actually trailed 3-2 before the fifth.

But in the seventh, the Panthers got a grand slam home run from Joe Wachter and a three run shot from Adam McCormick to break the game open and win 12-3.

The Panthers kept their momentum going in the second game to blast the Lions 17-1 keeping their Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League championship hopes alive with one league series remaining at home against Erie on Thursday night.

Wachter’s grand slam scored Michael Hayes, Michael Mitchelson and Stu Jeck then McCormick followed with a three-run blast scoriing Kenny Wachter and Willie Watt to put the first game out of reach.

Both Joe Wachter and McCormick closed out the first game with five RBIs apiece.
In the second game, Jesse Watt was on fire on the mound as he three four innings, striking out six while scattering just two hits and walking just four.

Jeck had a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the second as the Panthers scored seven runs in each to put the game out of reach.

Now the Panthers can close out a league championship with a sweep of the Erie Red Devils on Thursday at JayCee Ballpark.

High school baseball
at Baxter Springs
Game one
St. Mary’s-Colgan 12, Baxter Springs 3
Colgan    101 030 7 — 12 13 2
Baxter    110 100 0 —   3   8  2
Evan VanBecelaere, Nate Arnold and Kenny Wachter. Zach Wilson, Cody Renn (5) and Underhill. WP — VanBecelaere. LP — Wilson. S — Arnold. 2B — Adam McCormick, Michael Mitchelson, Stu Jeck, Zach Wilson. HR — Joe Wachter, Adam McCormick.
Game two
St. Mary’s-Colgan 17, Baxter Springs 1
Colgan    770 3 — 17 15 0
Baxter    100 0 —  1   2  2
Jesse Watt and Kenny Wachter. B. Price and Underhil. WP — Watt. LP — Price. 2B — Joe Wachter, Willie Watt, Zach Wilson. HR — Stu Jeck.