FRONTENAC — Showing a little frustration after the first game of their doubleheader between Frontenac and Riverton, Raider head softball coach Cassie Buche decided to shake up her lineup.

FRONTENAC — Showing a little frustration after the first game of their doubleheader between Frontenac and Riverton, Raider head softball coach Cassie Buche decided to shake up her lineup.

In the first game, the Raiders did not score runs until the sixth inning in a 5-3 loss and it was her hope to move things around to produce hits earlier in the game.

It did not work quite the way Buche would have expected, but the Raiders did get hits, however it did not produce the outcome the Raiders were after as Frontenac fell 4-3 in eight innings at the Frontenac Sports Complex on Monday night.

It was an Emily Barto RBI triple that put the Raiders back in the second game and forced extra innings.

Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Darci McLaren led off with a double but the next two batters grounded out but not before McLaren was able to score, cutting the lead to 3-1.

Breanna Rhuems reached on a error then Barto smacked her RBI triple down the left-field line to score Rhuems to bring the Raiders to within a run. Barto later scored on an RBI single from Dana Musser to tie the game.

“I have not hit the ball very well all season, so that felt very good,” Barto said. “It felt good coming off the bat and I was just hoping to make contact.”

But, in extra innings, the Raiders went back to their old ways and tallied just one hit over the last two innings as Riverton got the winning run in the top of the eighth when Kelsey Anderson hit an RBI single to score Brittany Perry from third.

“We are not doing anything different in practice or in games and I don’t think that we are not getting metal on the ball but we are not getting the hits that we were getting before,” Buche said. “We are making a lot of metal mistakes. Lack of focus is killing us.”

Frontenac pitcher Jena Standlee kept the Rams at bay for the first four innings of the game by striking out five and allowing just five baserunners.

“If we score three runs, and the way the Jena was pitching that game, we should have won that game,” Buche said. “I told them that the team that makes the fewer mistakes was going to win the game and we made the most mistakes and came out with the losses again.”

For the Rams, they had their own struggles but not being able to capitalize on mistakes made by Frontenac.

“We’ve been strugging here late to get the big innings,” said Riverton head coach Brian Mitchell. “We have been scoring runs one at a time but we cannot string hits together to get those big innings.

“They kept battling and kept fighting the whole way through,” Mitchell said. “We thought that we had things in control and all of the sudden they came back and we had to go into extra innings so you have to give Frontenac a lot of credit because they are a very good team.”

In the first game, the Raiders fell into a 4-0 deficit before rallying back to score a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI triple from Melissa Seward that scored Rhuems.

Frontenac came back and scored two more in the bottom of the seventh after Standlee and Molly McFarland hit back-to-back singles then Jordan Saia loaded the bases with a bunt single. McLaren scored Standlee when she was hit by a pitch from Riverton pitcher Keeley Hail and then Rhuems scored the second run after she reached on an error by Rams’ third baseman Halielgh Sills.

However, Saia attempted to score and was tagged out at home by catcher Shantell Jewett to end the game.

“We just had a lot of mental errors,” Buche said. “Things like baserunning mistakes and missed signs and those are things that you just can’t do.”

The Raiders will now travel to Girard to face the Trojans where Girard will attempt to claim the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League title on Friday night at Red Wutke Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

High school softball
at Frontenac Sports Complex
Game one
Riverton 5, Frontenac 3
Riverton    011 020 1 — 5  9  2
Frontenac    000 001 2 — 3 10 2
Jena Standlee and Hannah Ketterman. Keeley Hail and Shantell Jewett. WP — Hail. LP — Standlee. E — Standlee, Darci McLaren, Lacie McNett, Haleigh Sills. 2B — Hannah Ketterman, Stormi Bond, Whitney Shafer. 3B — Melissa Seward.
Game two
Riverton 4, Frontenac 3
Riverton    000 021 01 — 4 10 4
Frontenac    000 003 00 — 3  7  3
Jena Standlee and Hannah Ketterman. Haleigh Sills and Megan Wells. WP — Sills. LP — Standlee. E — Darci McLaren 2, Standlee, Wells, Shantell Jewett, Sills, Whitney Shafer. 2B — Daci McLaren, Ambur Simmons. 3B — Emily Barto.