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  • Colgan state title highlights season for Crawford County

  • For the second year in a row, a Crawford County school emerged from the Class 3A state tournament in Manhattan and Tointon Family Stadium with a championship earned by superior pitching, baserunning, defense and timely hitting. Last year, it was the Frontenac Raiders who earned their first state baseba...
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  • For the second year in a row, a Crawford County school emerged from the Class 3A state tournament in Manhattan and Tointon Family Stadium with a championship earned by superior pitching, baserunning, defense and timely hitting.
    Last year, it was the Frontenac Raiders who earned their first state baseball title in school history. This year, it was the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers who claimed their state record 17th title. Frontenac won by run-rule over Wellsville and Colgan won by run-rule over Silver Lake in the title games.
    Speaking of Frontenac, the Raiders had their undefeated season ended by Coffeyville in the Class 4A regional final. Frontenac won its first 20 games of the season, including all 18 in the regular season, and the last two seasons brought a 44-3 overall record, a state title, a regional title and back-to-back Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League titles, the first two in program history.
    2013 MORNING SUN ALL-COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM
    Blake Barto, Frontenac (IF)
    Barto hit .323 in his senior year, driving in 16 runs and collecting 20 hits, all singles. His 16 RBI placed him tied for fourth with fellow senior Bryan Wade, trailing only senior Blake Vail (18), junior Brett Macary (22) and senior Matt Standlee (29). Barto finished 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts and grounded into one double play, not bad for a big guy. He fielded .986.
    Spencer Bernhardt, Pittsburg (OF/P)
    This Pittsburg State football recruit makes his first All-County team as a baseball player. In a wild 13-12 win over Columbus one Friday night at Al Ortolani Field (PSU home field), Bernhardt went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and one RBI, and two of his three hits were doubles. In a losing effort to open the season against Chanute, Bernhardt knocked a three-run homer at JayCee Ballpark. In his final home game against Independence, Bernhardt hit a pair of rocket shots: a triple to deep center and a solo homer. Bernhardt showed plenty of range in center.
    Bryce Burdette, Frontenac (OF)
    The leadoff man for the Raiders during their assault on the CNC, Burdette did his job well enough to score a team-high 24 runs and his 21 walks led Frontenac. Burdette struck out seven times, resulting in a 3:1 walk-strikeout ratio. Additionally, he drove in 10 runs and stole six bases. Burdette signed with Missouri Valley (NAIA), which played a game against Division I Kansas this past season.
    Christian Cedeno, Colgan (P/IF)
    Named the 3A Pitcher of the Year and for more than enough just reason, Cedeno also batted .403, posted a .505 on-base percentage and drove in a team-high 31 runs as he relied on the fine art of the two-run single multiple times. On the mound, Cedeno finished 7-1 with a 1.58 ERA, two saves and 80 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. He earned a win and a save in both regional and state competition — wins over Galena and Lyons, saves against Riverton and Wichita Independent. On the bases, Cedeno added eight steals. In arguably the highlight of the regular season, Cedeno tossed a perfect game against Galena at JayCee Ballpark.
    Page 2 of 4 - Ryan Cedeno, Colgan (C)
    That first game against Galena at JayCee Ballpark proved to be memorable for both Cedenos, older brother Christian and younger brother Ryan. Christian pitched a perfect game and Ryan drove in three runs, carving out a spot for himself — a freshman — in the Colgan lineup. Cedeno finished his freshman campaign with a team-high .404 batting average, .491 slugging percentage and 21 RBI. Not many freshmen bat cleanup on a state championship ballclub.
    Nate George, Girard (IF)
    George combined with his twin brother Nick and fellow senior Cody Grilz to form a veteran core of the Girard team and the heart of the lineup. First-year head coach Jason Day batted Nate George-Grilz-Nick George in that order.
    Nick George, Girard (OF/P)
    During a five-game stretch early in the season against Fort Scott, Pittsburg and Frontenac (Fort Scott and Frontenac each won their respective league titles), George batted .500 (7-14) with seven runs scored and six RBI. He scored a run in all five games and drove in a run in four of the five, including a three-RBI effort against Pittsburg.
    Colton Gilbert, Colgan (OF)
    Imagine this scenario. One day when Christian Cedeno tells his children or his grandchildren about that perfect game he pitched one night against Galena at JayCee Ballpark, he will tell them about the plays Colton Gilbert made in right and how he would never have been perfect without Gilbert and his teammates. An effective bunter offensively, Gilbert proved a dangerous tandem with leadoff man Nate Grimaldi. When both these runners were on base, they gave Colgan an edge over any opponent and changed the flow of the game. This especially became evident during regional and state competition. Gilbert batted .371 and collected 28 runs scored, 15 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 21 attempts.
    Cody Grilz, Girard (IF/P)
    The senior first baseman missed an extended stretch of the season after he made an over-the-shoulder diving effort on a fly ball into shallow right field against Pittsburg at JayCee Ballpark. He stayed in the game until he found out it was too painful to pick up a bat. Grilz pitched Girard past the Parsons Vikings in a regional play-in game — surrendering three runs (two earned) on seven hits and striking out 12 Vikings while only walking two.
    Nate Grimaldi, Colgan (OF)
    The speedy Drury signee nearly finished with a 30/30 season: 34 runs scored and 29 stolen bases. Grimaldi, who earned a first team All-State selection and spot in the KABC All-Star Game, did his job in the leadoff spot superbly by collecting a .564 on-base percentage and he reached base in many different ways — 24 hits, 19 walks and 10 times Grimaldi was hit by a pitch, which undoubtedly led the league or the county or perhaps the state. Grimaldi batted .369, slugged .446 and drove in 13 RBI. Additionally, Grimaldi received his first time on the mound during his high school career, pitching 1 1/3 inning and striking out two batters.
    Page 3 of 4 - Brett Macary, Frontenac (IF/P)
    The lone unanimous All-CNC selection on the Raiders, this three-time All-County third baseman-pitcher finished his junior year with a .420 batting average, .460 on-base percentage and .630 slugging percentage. Macary drove in 22 runs on 34 hits and led the Raiders with 12 extra-base hits — seven doubles and five triples, both team highs. On the mound, No. 15 finished 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 32.0 innings, not bad for a third starter.
    V.J. Piccini, Colgan (P/IF)
    A gamer who started for the Panthers three years along with Nate Grimaldi, Piccini finished his senior campaign with a 7-1 mark and 2.11 ERA. Less of a power pitcher than Christian Cedeno, Piccini fanned 50 batters in 56.1 innings. He pitched high-quality starts against Riverton in the regional final and Wichita Independent in the state semifinal, only to be relieved late by a well-rested Cedeno for the save. At the plate, Piccini batted .271 and drove in 13 runs.
    Noah Popejoy, Northeast (IF)
    Through 17 games, Popejoy was batting a team-high .458 with seven doubles, a home run and 11 RBI for the Vikings. In a 24-11 win over the Indians of Oswego, Popejoy collected three hits, three runs scored and three RBI. At one point, No. 15 enjoyed a 11-game hitting streak. Popejoy blasted his lone home run against 2-1A third place finisher St. Paul, as the Vikings claimed a victory in Arma.
    Jason Reed, Southeast (P/IF)
    A hard-nosed competitor who kept Southeast in every game he pitched on the mound, Reed lost a 1-0 decision against Frontenac (Blake Vail), a 3-0 decision against Colgan (Christian Cedeno) and battled through rain, mud and muck during a regional semifinal loss to Riverton. He earned the respect of coaches like Colgan head coach Mike Watt and Frontenac’s Bill Sullivan.
    J.T. Richardson, Northeast (IF/P)
    A multiple-sport athlete during his three years at Northeast (football, basketball, baseball and track), Richardson batted .385 for the Vikings with 12 RBI through 17 games. He swiped 21 bases, including games of four against Uniontown and Marmaton Valley and back-to-back games of three against Oswego. Richardson pitched 4-plus innings for the win against state qualifier St. Paul on the same Monday he established a school record in the triple jump at the Burlington Invitational.
    Matt Standlee, Frontenac (P/IF)
    This Pitt State signee was having a solid season offensively but one great Monday night in Galena took him to another level. Over a single doubleheader, Standlee collected two home runs and 10 RBI, propelling No. 12 to final season numbers of two homers and 29 RBI. Standlee batted .375 and finished with a .481 on-base percentage and .594 slugging percentage. On the mound, this second team All-Stater posted a 5-1 record, 1.66 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 38.0 innings. Standlee led Frontenac with 5.27 K/BB and opponents batted .191 against him.
    Page 4 of 4 - Josh Thompson, Southeast (P/IF)
    In his grand finale at the high school level, Thompson could not completely avoid the injuries that sometimes plagued his athletic career. An All-League, All-County and All-State performer at quarterback his senior year, Thompson started his senior year of baseball in style by earning a Game 1 win and hitting 4-for-7 over the course of a doubleheader against Cherryvale.
    Nick Vacca, Pittsburg (IF)
    The lone All-Southeast Kansas League first team performer for the Purple Dragons, this senior infielder showcased his all-around game in the wild and crazy 13-12 win over Columbus at Ortolani Field. No. 15 went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and three RBI. He scored the game-winning run in the seventh off a Dante Richardson hit. Additionally, Vacca stole four bases against the Columbus battery of pitchers Matt Harris and Aaron Bigando and catcher Kendal Hale.
    Blake Vail, Frontenac (P/OF)
    Vail, a second team All-Stater and Pitt State signee, led Frontenac in both hitting and pitching. At the plate, he finished with a .500 batting average, .613 on-base percentage and .607 slugging percentage en route to 19 runs scored and 18 RBI. Vail walked 15 times (second behind Bryce Burdette) and struck out six times. He stole four bases in as many attempts. On the mound, Vail finished 8-0 and struck out 52 during his team-high 45 1/3 innings. He posted a 2.01 ERA and opponents hit .204 against Vail.
    Bryan Wade, Frontenac (C)
    This Wisconsin-Parkside signee led Frontenac with 12 stolen bases and was caught stealing no times. Wade ranked fourth on the Raiders in batting average (.365) and drove in 16 runs, tied with Blake Barto and only trailing Blake Vail (18), Brett Macary (22) and Matt Standlee (29). No. 3 threw out five runners stealing in 12 attempts.
    2013 MORNING SUN ALL-COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM
    Blake Barto, Frontenac (IF)
    Spencer Bernhardt, Pittsburg (OF/P)
    Bryce Burdette, Frontenac (OF)
    Christian Cedeno, Colgan (P/IF)
    Ryan Cedeno, Colgan (C)
    Nate George, Girard (IF)
    Nick George, Girard (OF/P)
    Colton Gilbert, Colgan (OF)
    Cody Grilz, Girard (IF/P)
    Nate Grimaldi, Colgan (OF)
    Brett Macary, Frontenac (IF/P)
    V.J. Piccini, Colgan (P/IF)
    Noah Popejoy, Northeast (IF)
    Jason Reed, Southeast (P/IF)
    J.T. Richardson, Northeast (IF/P)
    Matt Standlee, Frontenac (P/IF)
    Josh Thompson, Southeast (P/IF)
    Nick Vacca, Pittsburg (IF)
    Blake Vail, Frontenac (P/OF)
    Bryan Wade, Frontenac (C)

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