WAMEGO — After losing 14-4 on Friday, the Manhattan American Legion Manko senior 17ers dropped two more on Saturday in the Kansas State Showcase.
The 17ers lost, 8-0, to the Old School Dirtbags at Tointon Family Stadium on Saturday morning, and then lost, 9-0, to Mac-N-Seitz Felix. Both games lasted just five innings and the 17ers had just one hit between the two games.
Manhattan coach Steve Disbrow said they talked about moving forward after the losses. The 17ers will play in the 13th-place game against Wichita Sluggers Blue today at 3:45 p.m.
“We just flat out got beat twice today,” he said. “There’s certainly things we need to improve on and we will work on those. It was nothing more than let’s come back and get after it tomorrow.”
The day opened against an Old School team made up of players from Colorado and Texas, and ended on a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Dirtbags’ pitcher Isaiah Lybarger threw a no-hitter, holding the 17ers off the bases and finishing with 10 strikeouts.
Jared Ayres started the game for the 17ers and allowed one run on an RBI single in the first and then two in the second on an RBI double and an errant throw.
The Dirtbags scored three more runs in the fourth inning on a wild pitch and back-to-back RBI hits.
Nathan Kordyak started Game 2 in Wamego, and pitched just 1 1/3 innings before he was chased by the Mac-N-Seitz Felix hitters.
Felix piled on runs in the first inning by scoring on an error, an RBI single and a two-run single. Kordyak left the game in the second inning after giving up a three-run home run.
Eric Prockish came on in relief in the second inning and pitched into the fourth inning when he was chased off by a two-run double that extended the Felix lead to 9-0. Trace Nelson came on and recorded three outs to end the inning.
The 17ers only hit came on a bunt single from Ian Hart to lead off the first inning.
“We’ve just seen some good arms,” Disbrow said. “The arms we’ve seen this weekend have been the best we’ve seen all year. I told the guys after the first game we feel like we’re capable of having better results than we have and putting together better at-bats than we’ve had. But saying and doing are two different things.”
Despite the two losses, Disbrow felt like his team did a better job all-around in the second game. Disbrow thought his team had better at-bats and fielded better. And despite giving up 17 total runs, he thought they pitched better than the results showed.
“They hit a few balls hard,” he said. “Our pitchers, I thought, when they were in the zone they were competitive. We give away a few free bases and all of the sudden what should be a one or two run inning is a three or four run inning.”
Disbrow said he was happy that his team gets to take the field again today to try and right the wrongs from the first two days.
“The beautiful thing about baseball is as rough as it can be today, you get to go out and play tomorrow,” he said. “We get to go out and play again, so we’ve got a chance to get back on a positive note and feel a little bit better about how things were going.”