The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 26, 2012

Frontenac wins first state baseball title

The Joplin Globe

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Frontenac Raiders had little trouble on Saturday putting the finishing touches on their first baseball state title in school history.

The Raiders beat previously undefeated Humboldt 5-1 in the morning before run-ruling Wellsville 12-2 in five innings in the Class 3A state championship game at Tointon Family Stadium.

It was just the second state title in any sport for Frontenac’s boys.

Frontenac (24-2) fell behind 2-0 after the first inning of the championship game before scoring one in the second and three in the third to take a 4-2 lead. A six-run fourth inning put the Raiders in control and their two-run fifth — capped by Gus Brunetti’s RBI single that scored courtesy runner Ethan Powell — ended the game early because of the run rule.

Frontenac ace Matt Standlee got the win in the title game, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out six. He was also 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI.

Junior catcher Bryan Wade was 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs in the title game while Blake Vail, Brett Macary and Ross Edge had two hits apiece.