17ers go 4-1 at Great Plains Shootout

By Joel Jellison

The American Legion Manhattan Manko senior 17ers used a four-run fifth inning to pick up their fourth win at the Great Plains Shootout late Saturday in Topeka.

The 17ers were trailing 4-1 going into the fifth inning, but managed to rally and score the go-ahead run to beat the Colorado Bandits, 5-4.

Manhattan won the game despite having just three hits, and striking out nine times. The 17ers also drew seven walks.

Trace Nelson had one of the three hits and two of the four team RBIs, while Darien Stokes and Jake Olson had the other two RBIs. Garrett Francis and Stokes had the only other hits for the 17ers.

Isaac Leon came up with the win, pitching a complete game seven innings and allowing four runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts.

The 17ers finished the weekend with a 4-1 record and turned their week around after a 9-2 loss in a wood-bat game on Wednesday in Kansas City.

Manhattan opened the weekend with a 4-2 win over the Midwest Sluggers on Thursday at Tointon Family Stadium, and then won their first game on Friday over Colorado Batter’s Box, 4-1.

The 17ers’ lone loss of the weekend came to Nixa (Mo.), who beat Manhattan 7-1 and forced a three-way tie for first place in the pool. The 17ers were dropped to third in their pool due to runs allowed in the tiebreaker.

Manhattan went on to post a 6-2 win over Salina on Saturday in Topeka, and notched its last win over the Bandits late Saturday night.

The Midwest Sluggers, who opened the tournament with a loss to the 17ers, finished second after losing 12-8 to Next Level in Sunday’s championship game.

The 17ers do not have a wood bat game scheduled this week, but will go on the road to play the Salina Falcons on Wednesday in one nine-inning game.

Junior 17ers finish 3-1 at Junction City

The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers finished the Junction City tournament 3-1 after winning their final two games at the tournament.

The 17ers concluded the tournament with a 13-8 win over the Kansas Senators on Sunday, posting their best offensive performance of the weekend.

Manhattan piled on four runs in the first inning, but trailed 8-7 after the Senators scored all eight of their runs in the third inning. The 17ers tied the game in the bottom of the third and then scored five more runs in the final two innings to pull ahead for the win.

Jace Priddle led the 17ers’ offense with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate and three RBIs. Alex Fetters was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and four runs scored. Brett Fields, Dylan Newell and Chase Hagemann each had two RBIs.

Josh Rockey started the game for the 17ers and gave up eight runs on five hits and nine walks over 2 2/3 innings. Fetters came on in relief and earned the win, giving up a hit and a walk in the final 2 1/3 innings.

On Saturday the 17ers beat Emporia Post 5, 4-3. Neither team scored a run until the fifth inning, and the 17ers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win.

Fields started the game and went five innings, allowing one run on one hit and a walk with four strikeouts. TJ Ladner came on in relief and pitched one inning to earn the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with a strikeout. Priddle got the save.

Priddle finished the game 2 for 2 at the plate with an RBI, while Chance Henderson had a hit and two RBIs.

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