The Manhattan High softball team opened its season on Tuesday, losing a pair of games in a split doubleheader in Wichita.
The Indians lost the first game to Wichita Northwest, 11-4, and lost a close one against Derby in the second game, 6-5.
The Indians got off to a slow start on both sides of the scoreboard in the first game as the Grizzlies used six hits and four walks throughout the first two innings to take an 8-0 lead.
MHS scored for the first time in the third inning when Kylie Smith scored on a single by Kori Bridegam. Kaitlyn Motley drove in Bridegam with a hit.
The Indians cut into the lead in the sixth inning, scoring two runs to make the score 8-4. The runs came on an RBI double from Jenna Stigge and a single from Ashley Hageman.
Wichita Northwest pushed out ahead for good in the sixth inning with three runs, including a 2-run home run.
Allison Devlin took a complete game loss for the Indians, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits and four walks. Aubrey Jung was 2-for-3 in the game with an RBI, while Stigge was 1-for-2 with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Smith, Motley and Bridegam each had hits, while Allie Massanet also recorded one hit for the Indians.
Manhattan followed up the second game by taking an early lead over Derby, with Bridegam scoring on Motley single. Derby tied the game in the second inning.
The Indians recaptured the lead in the fourth inning when Smith singled in Hageman. But Derby took a 6-2 lead after five innings, including hitting a 2-run home run.
The Indians made a run at the lead in the seventh as the first four batters reached safely, helping push across three runs and pull within one run of the lead. Stigge had an RBI single in the inning, while Blake Woborny scored on a wild pitch and Tyler Hoyt drove in Stigge on an infield single.
The loss in the game was charged to Jung, who allowed eight hits and walked one, while striking out two. Smith and Bridegam each finished with two hits in the game and Bridegam scored twice.
The Indians out-hit Derby 10-to-8 in the loss, and just missed scoring a run to tie the game in the seventh inning.
Washburn Rural announced the postponement of this Friday’s games on their field in Topeka, as the Junior Blues are completing construction on the fields at the high school. The game was moved to May 4.