17ers start Saturday with a win

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan American Legion Manko senior 17ers opened Saturday at the Great Plains Shootout with a 6-5 win over the Salina Sliders at SCABA Baseball Complex in Topeka.

The 17ers played a game late Saturday night, but the results were not available by press time.

Manhattan opened the first game with a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but trailed 3-2 after two. Salina pushed its lead to 5-2 going into the seventh inning, but the 17ers rallied to force extra innings by scoring three runs.

The 17ers won the game in walk-off fashion with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

Garrett Francis got the start for Manhattan, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Eric Prockish came on in relief and earned the win with two innings of work — allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout.

The 17ers were outhit 10-6 by Salina, and AJ Epperson was the only player two record two hits for Manhattan.

Trace Nelson scored two runs and had a triple, and joined Francis and Jake Olson as the only players with an RBI.

The 17ers split a pair of games on Friday that put them in a three-way tie for first in their pool. They lost the tiebreaker and fell to third in their pool due to runs allowed.

Manhattan opened Friday with a 4-1 win over Batter’s Box (Colo.) at Hummer Sports Park.

Pitcher Jeremy Broadwater held Batter’s Box to one run in six innings of work, allowing four hits and three walks, while striking out four. Alex Huerta pitched the seventh inning and allowed one hit, while striking out two.

The 17ers were outhit 5-4, while the only RBIs came from Nelson and Epperson. Manhattan drew eight walks, and Nelson and Francis had two apiece.

Manhattan’s only loss of the weekend so far came to Nixa (Mo.), which beat the 17ers, 7-1.

The 17ers were held to two hits and scored their only run on an RBI hit from Darien Stokes.

Jared Ayres pitched 3 2/3 innings for the 17ers, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Prockish pitched the rest of the way and allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits.

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