FRONTENAC — Frontenac softball struggled early in game one of their double header against Baxter Springs, which they ultimately loss 10-8, but they showed resilience by bringing home eight runs in the seventh. The Lady Raiders then carried that momentum into the second game, which they won 8-6.
“You know our focus at the plate was much better in the seventh inning compared to the earlier innings in game one,” said Frontenac softball coach Cassie Rheums. “ It’s a marathon not a sprint, and in game two we played the last sixth innings error free, which is a huge positive for us.”
Game one Baxter Springs 10, Frontenac 8
The Lady Raiders were shutout in the opening six frames, failing to threatened the Baxter Springs pitching for most of the game, but all that changed in the seventh. Raven Warren sparked the run with a hard hit ground ball that became a RBI single. Consecutive RBI singles by Katelin Randall and Jayden Wilderman narrowed the game to 10-3.
Bailey Rhuems followed with a two-run RBI double to center to keep the rally going. Madison Davis added another two-run RBI to draw the Lady raiders within three, 10-7.
In the next at-bat Taylor Peterson hit a hard ground ball that reached the outfield, bringing home another run. Frontenac failed to get the game tying run home, but their improved play in the seventh carried over to the next game.
Game two Frontenac 8, Baxter Springs 6
Baxter Springs opened game two with three runs, but Warren’s RBI single down the second base line made the score 3-1.
After scoring two runs in the second frame, the Lady Raiders still found themselves down after the Lions responded with three runs of their own in the fourth. Karma Fields two-run RBI double in the bottom of the fifth brought Frontenac to within one, 6-5, and Davis gave the Lady Raiders their first lead by way of a two-run RBI single.
Rhuems added an insurance run in the sixth by way of an RBI single to help secure victory in the nightcap.