Cougars rally for win over Crusaders
NEW MATAMORAS — Frontier freshman J.D. Schmidt got the job done with his bat and his arm in Thursday night’s 6-5 come-from-behind win over Parkersburg Catholic.
The Cougar right-hander fired 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief and also knocked in three runs as Frontier erased a four-run deficit to claim its fifth victory of the season.
“That’s a pretty good job by a freshman,” said Frontier head coach Kurt Satterfield of Schmidt, who fanned three and didn’t walk a batter. “He (Schmidt) had to overcome a lot of adversity out there today.”
Both teams scratched out a solo run in the opening inning as Catholic got a base hit by Peyton Amrine, who came into score on an error while Schmidt knocked in Joel Lewis with a single for the first Frontier run of the game.
The Crusaders jumped back in front in the top of the third when Ty Sturm walked and stole second and then moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on an infield groundout off of the bat of Joel Stophel.
Noah Barnhart started the game on the mound for Frontier and was relieved by Reed McKinney with two outs in the third.
McKinney finished off PCHS in the third and got the first two outs in the fourth before suddenly losing control and walking the bases full.
Schmidt came on in relief and was greeted rudely when Patrick Copen cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Crusaders a 5-1 lead.
“Pat came up huge and came up with a big hit,” said Parkersburg Catholic head coach Tom Harvey. “It gave us some momentum but we just couldn’t carry it on for the rest of the game.”
Stophel started the game on the mound for Catholic and allowed just the one run in the first three innings before the Cougars began to figure him out in the last of the fourth.
Logan Brookover got things started in the fourth when he drove a ball over the left fielder’s head for a triple and then scored when the throw to third went into the Frontier dugout.
Satterfield thought that Brookover’s hit and hustle may well have changed the complexion of the game.
“It was great to rally after getting down like that and I thought we started to have good at-bats,” said Satterfield. “That hit by Logan really seemed to get us going.”
The Cougars added a second run when right fielder Levi Cox walked and stole second and came into score on an infield single by Briar West.
Schmidt came through with his second run-scoring single of the game to plate West and cut the Crusader lead to 5-4.
Frontier was unable to score in the last of the fifth after putting a couple of runners on base and Schmidt pitched himself out of trouble in the top of the sixth after Parkersburg Catholic got a pair of runners on base via two Cougar errors.
FHS completed the comeback in the last of the sixth off of Jeb Boice, who entered in relief in the fifth inning.
West opened the inning with a double down the right field line before lead-off batter Lewis reached base for the fourth straight time by drawing a walk.
After both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, Schmidt hit a sharp grounder up the middle that was misplayed by Catholic to allow both runs to score and give the Cougars a 6-5 lead.
The Frontier defense had a rough game as it committed a whopping eight errors, including no less than three in the final inning, but a strikeout that resulted in a double play when Barnhart threw out a runner stealing and a fly ball to Cox in right field with two runners on base ended the game and made a winning pitcher out of Schmidt.
“We haven’t been able to come up with some timely hits but we were able to tonight,” said Satterfield. “That’s a good win for us and maybe that will get us going.”
Catholic slipped to 5-10 with the loss.
“We’ve just got to take better care of the ball and know what situations we are in,” said Harvey, whose team collected just two base hits in the game. “We have just got to figure out the way to finish out games.”