FRONTENAC — Frontenac head baseball coach Bill Sullivan was frustrated to say the least with his Raiders after the first game of a doubleheader with Riverton on Monday night at the Frontenac Sports Complex.

FRONTENAC — Frontenac head baseball coach Bill Sullivan was frustrated to say the least with his Raiders after the first game of a doubleheader with Riverton on Monday night at the Frontenac Sports Complex.

Few could blame him after the Raiders committed six errors and managed just two hits as the Rams blasted Frontenac 15-0 in five innings.

The Raiders would bounce back only to lose the nightcap 5-1.

“We did not even show up in the first game,” Sullivan said. “When you make six errors you are going to take it on the chin.”

Sullivan said that routine fly balls and ground ball plays were the bain of the Raiders in the first game.

“Some of those we did not even count as errors,” Sullivan said. “You cannot make mistakes like that against Riverton because they are going to take advantage of those.”

Not to mention the woes that Frontenac had a the plate.

The Raiders could muster just two hits against Riverton pitcher Nathan Hughes.

On the other side of the ball, Raider starter Buster Reddick did not have control issues, Sullivan said it was defensive issues that doomed his start.

“I thought that Buster threw very well,” “He did get behind in the count a few times but
he just did not have any defense behind him.”

In the second game, the Raider defense turned things around by committing just one error but it was the bats that could not keep Frontenac in the game.

“Our defense was a complete turnaround from the first game,” Sullivan said. “We had just the one error in the second game and we were more consistant.”

The Raiders did plate a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brett Marshall led off with a walk and scored when Joe Saia singled him home but that was the only run that Frontenac could muster off of Riverton pitching.

That did give the Raiders a 1-0 lead but it was short-lived.

Riverton blew the game open in the sixth by scoring five runs on four walks and an error on a bunt.

“It just seemed like the strike zone got tight for Joe (Saia),” Sullivan said. “Riverton was also very difficult at the plate and we could not find the zone.”

Saia did throw six innings and gave up just three hits and struck out two while walking four in the loss.

“I just have to find a way to get them to play two games the way that they did the second game,” Sullivan said.

High school baseball
at Frontenac Sports Complex
Game one
Riverton 15, Frontenac 0
Riverton    122 37 — 15 12 0
Frontenac    000 00 —   0   2  6
Buster Reddick, Josh Smirl (5) and Joe Saia. Nathan Hughes and Andrew Bond. WP — Hughes. LP — Reddick. 2B — Matt Tyree, James Barrett, Nathan Hughes, Mallory.
Game two
Riverton 5, Frontenac 1
Riverton    000 005 0 — 5 5 0
Frontenac    000 100 0 —  1 3 1
Joe Saia, Robert Seward (6) and Justin Amershek. James Barrett and Andrew Bond. WP — Barrett. LP — Saia. 2B — James Barrett, Andrew Bond, Mallory.