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  • Frontenac sweeps, stays undefeated

  • One might think Cassie Buche, head coach of the undefeated Frontenac softball team, would look forward to every game. But she wasn’t looking forward to Thursday’s doubleheader against the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers. Buche’s sister, Abby Farabi, is Colgan’s head coach.

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  • UPDATED: The story previously said Farabi took home bragging rights. This was incorrect. Buche, in fact, was the winning coach.
    One might think Cassie Buche, head coach of the undefeated Frontenac softball team, would look forward to every game. But she wasn’t looking forward to Thursday’s doubleheader against the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers. Buche’s sister, Abby Farabi, is Colgan’s head coach.
    On Thursday, Frontenac stayed undefeated in a doubleheader at Cheryl Stice Field and Buche took home bragging rights with an 11-1 win in the first game and a 10-7 win in the second.
    “I’m just glad it’s over. I don’t want to lose, because I love this group of girls. But I was not looking forward to these games,” Buche said.
    RBI doubles for by Jennifer Long and Haley Wilson for one and two runs, respectively, gave the Raiders a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth.
    Raider pitcher Lindsey Gorham helped her own cause with a bloop single that started a six-run sixth inning that opened the game up for the Raiders. She recorded seven strikeouts in the first game and added three more in the second game.
    “She’s a competitor,” Buche said. “I never doubt that she’s not going to show up. She struggled at the plate a little in the first game, but I told her we needed her in the circle. She doesn’t throw as hard as [Colgan pitcher] Morgan [Gilmore], but she understands where to put the ball. I have to give her so much credit for what she’s doing in the circle.”
    Gilmore had a strong game one, with 10 strikeouts and the Panthers’ only run, a home run over the left field fence.
    “Morgan’s a great player. She really is,” Farabi said. “We rely on her a lot. She had 10 strikeouts in that game, but she walked eight batters. You can’t do that against a team like Frontenac. I can’t give her enough credit, though, for putting the team on her back.”
    The second game was a little more back-and-forth.
    Colgan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Frontenac responded in the third inning. Raider third baseman Rachel Amershek was part of a four-run third win a two-run double, then scored herself on an RBI double by Libby Warrick.
    Frontenac would stretch the lead to 10-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh, and the Panthers attempted a rally.
    Off a set of Frontenac errors, the Panthers pulled the score to 10-7 with runners on second and third. But Taylor Bolinger and Emily Dickey flew out to end the game.
    “We made a lot more mistakes in the second game than the first. Sometimes that happens, and it tests the team. But the girls pulled through. Heading into the last week, we’re right where we want to be,” Buche said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Raiders improved to 17-0 on the season, while Colgan fell to 13-5.
    Game One
    Frontenac softball 11, Colgan 1
    FHS    001    206    2    —    11 6    1
    SMC    000    001    0    —    1   8  4
    Lindsey Gorham and Sam Bonner. Morgan Gilmore and Katelyn Flood. WP — Gorham. LP — Gilmore. 2B — Jennifer Long, Haley Wilson; Flood, Taylor Bolinger. HR — Bonner; Gilmore.
    Game Two
    Frontenac softball 10, Colgan 7
    FHS    004    122    1    —    10 13 7
    SMC    202    006    1    —    7    8  3
    Lindsey Gorham and Sam Bonner. Morgan Gilmore and Katelyn Flood. WP — Gorham. LP — Gilmore. 2B — Nayna Fields 2, Rachel Amershek, Libby Warrick, Gorham, Bonner 2; Sydney Beck, Gilmore.
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