Holding on: Frontier baseball tops Tyler Consolidated 8-4

NEW MATAMORAS – Frontier jumped out ahead of Tyler Consolidated early and then withstood a late rally by the Knights to come away with an 8-4 win Friday in non-conference baseball action.

The Cougars took a 6-0 lead in the second inning, but Tyler Consolidated clawed back to make it 6-4 in the fourth. Frontier added two key insurance runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-4 and was able to hold on from there for the victory.

“That’s one of our goals,” said Frontier head coach Erin Curtis. “We want to jump on somebody and get a big lead. We haven’t done that. I thought they came out and played well tonight. Of course they were itching to play. We’ve been tied up with the rain for about a week or so.”

The Cougars batted around in the opening inning, sending four runners across the plate against Tyler starter Jordan Baker. Frontier tallied two more runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead and appeared on its way to a mercy victory.

However, the Cougars committed three errors in the fourth inning which allowed the Knights to rally, cutting their deficit to 6-4 and chasing Frontier starter Grant Valentine.

With the score now a little too close for comfort, the Cougars tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to give reliever Mitch Minder some cushion.

Minder allowed one baserunner in the seventh but that was it, thanks to three putouts in the inning by shortstop Zach Cunningham.

“They’ve got the tying run at the plate (in the seventh) if we don’t score those two runs (in the sixth),” Curtis said.

Minder and Josh Saunders both went 2-for-4 in the game with Saunders scoring a pair of runs. Zach Cunningham, C.J. Cunningham, Drew Schneider and Lane Curtis had a hit apiece. Zach Cunningham scored three of Frontier’s eight runs.

Valentine gave up just one hit in 3.2 innings pitched but could not get out of the fourth inning due to errors. Still, he earned the mound victory. Minder pitched the final 3.1 innings, striking out three and walking two.

“We’ve been getting good pitching performances,” Curtis said. “We just haven’t been getting it done with the bat and the glove. Tonight, we did.”

Baker lasted just two innings for the Knights, surrendering six runs in the loss. Evan Davis pitched the final four innings of relief.

The Cougars improved to 6-9 on the year and will be back in action Monday at Monroe Central. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.