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  • Frontenac earns return to Manhattan

  • The Frontenac Raiders won their second Class 3A baseball regional in a row with a 5-2 win Tuesday night over the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers on the home field of Riverton High School.

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  • The Frontenac Raiders won their second Class 3A baseball regional in a row with a 5-2 win Tuesday night over the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers on the home field of Riverton High School.
    In a game that lived up to its advanced billing, Frontenac held Colgan to one run with the bases loaded and just one out in the first, tied it up in the second and tagged on four runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
    Junior catcher Bryan Wade turned a 2-3 double play in the first that squashed a Colgan rally, junior second baseman Ross Edge tied it up at 1 with a RBI single plating sophomore courtesy runner Ethan Powell and junior first baseman Blake Barto edged Frontenac ahead 4-1 with a double scoring Brett Macary and Blake Vail in the fifth.
    Junior starting pitcher Matt Standlee fanned seven Colgan hitters and pitched his way out of a few tight spots over a complete game victory, aided by solid defense behind him and timely hitting. Standlee drove in a run in the fifth on an infield single.
    “That’s the three main parts of baseball,” Frontenac head coach Bill Sullivan said. “You’ve got to come out and pitch it well, play good defense behind your pitchers and get the timely hits. I am so proud of these guys right now. They did that and they came through and battled and worked their way through the game. We’ve had a knack for doing that, for staying close and striking late. What great games.”
    Colgan sophomore Christian Cedeno reached on an error in the first, senior pitcher Sam Gilbert singled and both runners advanced on a wild pitch during senior catcher Jesse Newcomb’s at-bat. Newcomb singled in Cedeno and Standlee walked Drew Dawson to load the bases with Panthers.
    However, senior Jack Villamaria hit a chopper in front of home plate and Wade charged, fielding and running back toward home plate, forcing out Gilbert at home and throwing on to first to get Villamaria out and to get Frontenac out of danger.
    “It was a 5-2 ballgame and maybe if we hit the ball a little better, we can win that thing but give Matt Standlee a lot of credit,” Colgan head coach Mike Watt said. “We just didn’t hit very well and the first inning, what a big play. We had bases loaded, scored a run and they’re able to turn that 2-3 double play. That kind of set the tone.”
    Colgan scored a run in the sixth after loading the bases and Standlee retired Colgan 1-2-3 in the seventh.
    Gilbert, Newcomb, Villamaria, Christian Smith and Drew Gill played their final high school games Tuesday night.
    “Sam, Jack, Chris, Drew and Jesse have all done well and they’ve put in a lot of time and a lot of hard work,” Watt said of his five seniors. “I appreciate everything they’ve done.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Colgan ends its season 12-8 and failed to qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 1996.
    Frontenac improves to 21-2 and makes a return trip to Manhattan, this year as both Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League and regional champions.
    “It was a grind this year,” Sullivan said. “That’s what the CNC is all about. You’re going have to play well every night to compete and we’re doing that. Like we told the guys tonight, we’re not done yet. We’ve got a goal in mind and we want to try and achieve that next weekend.”
    Frontenac 5, Southeast 0
    The Raiders advanced into the nightcap on the strong right pitching hand of Blake Vail, some good defense, some effective baserunning and bunting, and some timely hitting.
    Vail struck out the first three Southeast batters — Daniel Peak swinging, Travis Trayer looking and Jason Reed swinging — en route to seven for the game. Diving catches by catcher Bryan Wade and center fielder Bryce Burdette, as well as a 6-4-3 double play turned on the fleet-of-foot Peak and Trayer in the third, helped Frontenac avoid offensive damage by Southeast.
    At the plate, Frontenac made enough dents on Southeast's tall right-handed senior ace Cade Ulery.
    In the bottom of the first, after Trayer made a nice diving stop and throw on leadoff man Burdette, Wade reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a Vail single.
    In the second, Blake Barto led off with a single and moved into scoring position on a perfectly-executed sacrifice bunt by Ross Edge. No. 8 hitter Avery Coronado promptly scored Barto with a hard-hit double deposited down the right field line.
    Frontenac opened up the floodgates in the fifth with a three-run rally. Gus Brunetti rocketed one past the outstretched pitching hand of Ulery for a leadoff single and then Burdette reached on a bunt single originally intended as sacrifice. A wild pitch moved Burdette to second and Brunetti to third, then came the big hit of the game.
    Wade singled in Brunetti and Burdette, then would later score after reaching second on the throw home, stealing third and coming home on an errant throw into left field.
    Vail walked the first batter of the game in the sixth — 19 Southeast and 43 overall batters into the game. Vail walked two straight but he got Jason Reed to fly out to center and Peak left second too early as he tagged up on the Reed fly ball. Frontenac got out of the sixth on a 6-3 groundout and then retired Southeast in the seventh when the Lancers had two runners on base.
    Southeast ends its season 9-11.
    Colgan 2, Riverton 0
    Sophomore pitcher Christian Cedeno and his pitches seemed to have possessed a magnetic connection to senior catcher Jesse Newcomb's mitt in Colgan's semifinal contest against the Rams of Riverton. He pitched like he was at home.
    Page 3 of 3 - Cedeno struck out 14 Rams during his complete game victory — three in the first, two in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh. He allowed no runs on three Riverton hits and two Colgan errors. Cedeno accounted for 66.7 percent of the outs with strikeouts.
    “Christian had a great day,” Colgan head coach Mike Watt said, “and the last two times out against Riverton, he’s done exceptionally well. Last year as a freshman and regular season this year, he came in and more or less dominated. I was really concerned with Riverton coming into this tournament. We’re playing them on their home field and I knew it was going to be a battle. It was and Christian threw really well and we came through with a couple big plays behind him.”
    Colgan scored both its runs in the second. Newcomb, hitter of the only Colgan home run this season, led off with a double and then Drew Dawson reached on a walk against hard-luck Riverton starter Tyler Morrill. Jack Villamaria sacrificed Dawson and courtesy runner Christian Smith to second and third. Smith would score on a V.J. Piccini fielder's choice and Dawson on a wild pitch for the only runs Colgan needed with Cedeno pitching lights out.
    Riverton ends its season 12-8.
    Class 3A Baseball Regional (Riverton)
    Frontenac 5, Colgan 2
    SMC    100 001 0 — 2 7 0
    FHS    010 031 X — 5 8 1
    Sam Gilbert, V.J. Piccini (6) and Jesse Newcomb. Matt Standlee and Bryan Wade. WP: Standlee. LP: Gilbert. SB: Tucker Hoffman, Gilbert. CS: Colton Gilbert. SH: Wade, Blake Barto, Gus Brunetti. HBP: Brett Macary. LOB: SMC 8, FHS 9.
    Semifinal No. 1
    Frontenac 5, Southeast 0
    SE    000 000 0 — 0  4   1
    FHS    110 030 X — 5 10 1
    Cade Ulery and Caleb Biancarelli. Blake Vail and Bryan Wade. WP: Vail. LP: Ulery. 2B: Avery Coronado. SB: Daniel Peak; Vail, Wade. SH: Ulery; Ross Edge. HBP: Matt Standlee. LOB: SE 6, FHS 4.
    Semifinal No. 2
    Colgan 2, Riverton 0
    RIV    000 000 0 — 0 3 3
    SMC    020 000 X — 2 3 2
    Tyler Morrill and Dylan Weaver. Christian Cedeno and Jesse Newcomb. WP: Cedeno. LP: Morrill. 2B: Newcomb. SB: KeeShawn Walker; Sam Gilbert, Christian Smith. CS: Nate Grimaldi. SH: Hunter Deckard; Drew Dawson, Jack Villamaria. HBP: Villamaria. LOB: RIV 8, SMC 4.
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