Both 17ers teams struggle this weekend

By Brady Bauman

The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers had to reschedule their weekend after a yearly tournament in Wamego was canceled at the last minute.

Instead, the 17ers traveled to Silver Lake on Friday night for a doubleheader against its 18-and-under club, but unfortunately for the Manhattan, it was a losing effort.

The 17ers lost the opener 8-4 and the nightcap 10-0.

“We had a couple more disappointing losses once again,” 17ers head coach Dan Rumsey said. “(Starting pitcher) Jeremy Broadwater had another outstanding start for us, but we struggled to give him the run support to get the win.

“Silver Lake’s pitchers were tough to hit and did a good job keeping our hitters off balance at the plate by mixing in a lot of different pitches in various counts.”

The senior 17ers also lost on Friday, falling to the Oklahoma City Ambassadors 11-4 in the Justin Sullivan Memorial Baseball tournament in OKC.

Broadwater tossed the first five innings in Game 1 for the junior 17ers and gave up seven runs — five earned — on 12 hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Grant Urban led the way for the 17ers offensively with a 2-for-4 day.

Isaac Leon started the second game for the 17ers, going three innings before Nathan Kordyak took over in relief. However, the game was run-ruled after four innings.

“We were blanked in Game 2, but we continued to put the ball in play and put pressure on Silver Lake’s defense,” Rumsey said. “We just seemed to hit the ball hard right at their defenders the whole night.”

Rumsey said the losses are stinging for his club, especially considering Game 1 was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the third before Silver Lake dropped three runs in the bottom of the frame and posted another three-spot bottom of the fifth.

The 17ers, however, did finish strong with a three-run inning of their own in the seventh.

“Even though we are on a losing skid, the guys continue to be very coachable,” Rumsey said. “We still have a lot of baseball left this summer, and our best baseball is still ahead of us.” 


OKC AMBASSADORS 11, Senior 17ers 4

In the senior 17ers’ final game of pool play Friday, the tournament host OKC Ambassadors beat Manhattan 11-4, taking an early lead and finishing things off with a seven-run fourth inning.

The Ambassadors sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth, with the first seven reaching base safely (two walks, five hits) to build up their lead and knock starter Chris Klug out of the game.

Trailing 11-3, Manhattan would score just one run the rest of the way to finish out pool play with an 0-3 record.

The 17ers found trouble right off the bat in the first inning. With one out and the bases loaded, an error allowed two runs to come across the plate and keep the inning going for the Ambassadors, who scored two more on an RBI single and a fielder’s choice.

But the 17ers responded, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first, with Josh Mullin hitting the third of three consecutive singles to score Kellen Myers, and Mike Leeper hitting into a fielder’s choice that scored Josh Klug.

Manhattan pulled within a run in the second by manufacturing a run, getting a leadoff walk from Alex Huerta and moving him over on a sac bunt before Mullin’s RBI single brought him home.

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