Up and down the lineup, St. Mary’s-Colgan head baseball coach Mike Watt really did not have much to complain about after their doubleheader sweep of Frontenac at JayCee Ballpark on Friday night.

Up and down the lineup, St. Mary’s-Colgan head baseball coach Mike Watt really did not have much to complain about after their doubleheader sweep of Frontenac at JayCee Ballpark on Friday night.
Afterall, the Panthers did not commit an error, hit two home runs, struck out 17 batters and gave up just two runs in the 12-2 and 13-0 sweep.
“I just thought that we played well in all aspects,” Watt said. “We took a couple of extra bases and we played errorless and you cannot ask for much more from high school baseball players.”
Especally from freshman pitcher Nate Arnold.
Arnold, the game two starter, came out and threw nine pitches — all strikes — in the first inning and struck out nine batters in three innings of work for the Panthers.
“He had nice speed and came back with off-speed and made us look foolish at the plate sometimes,” said Frontenac head coach Bill Sullivan. “He was very impressive for a freshman.”
He had help in the form of a grand slam home run from Adam McCormick — the first of his high school career — in the third inning that gave the Panthers their 13-0 lead.
For the Raiders, they were never comfortable at the plate and recorded just nine hits in 10 innings against Colgan.
“That is what veteran teams are going to do,” Sullivan said. “They kept us off-balance all night and we did not get the hits that we needed to get.”
Frontenac did score first in game one after Josh Smirl hit an RBI single that scored Justin Amershek. Amershek got on after belting a double off of Panther starter Jake Edwards.
However, after that first inning, Edwards found a groove and gave up just three hits over the last four innings of the game.
Edwards struck out seven batters on night while scattering just six hits and giving up just two runs.
After Frontenac picked up their first run of the game, the Panthers quickly responded after Jesse Watt blasted a two-run home run over the JayCee Ballpark scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the first inning.
Arnold did not allow the Raiders any breathing room at the plate in the second game either.
After Arnold came out of the game, his relief, Michael Hayes, allowed just two hits and one runner in scoring position over the last two innings of the second game.
“We looked intimidated and scared at the plate at times and you have to give that up to their pitching staff,” Sullivan said.
The Panther pitchers combined to allow just seven baserunners in the series capped with Arnold allowing just one.
“I really thought that all of our pitchers threw very well tonight,” said Mike Watt. “You don’t expect a freshman to come out and strike out nine in three innings but he is good and he is just going to get better.”

High school baseball
at JayCee Ballpark
Game one
St. Mary’s-Colgan 12, Frontenac 2
Frontenac    101 00 —  2   6  3
Colgan    233 13 — 12 15 0
Jake Edwards and Kenny Wachter. Brett Marshall, Robert Seward (4) and Justin Amershek. WP — Edwards. LP — Marshall. E — Seward, Amershek, Buster Reddick. LOB — Colgan 7, Frontenac 3. 2B — Amershek, Josh Smirl, Kenny Wachter, Adam McCormick, Stu Jeck. 3B — Stu Jeck. HR — Jesse Watt.
Game two
St. Mary’s-Colgan 13, Frontenac 0
Frontenac    000 00 —  0   3  3
Colgan    049 0x — 13 13 0
Nate Arnold, Michael Hayes (4) and Kenny Wachter. Justin Amershek, Jake Brewer (3) and Joe Saia. WP — Arnold. LP — Amershek. E — Saia 2, Brett Marshall. LOB — Colgan 6, Frontenac 1. 2B — Brett Marshall, Michael Hayes 2. HR — Adam McCormick.