The Manhattan High baseball team pummeled the visiting Highland Park Scots in the Indians’ final home doubleheader of the regular season Monday afternoon at Norvell Field, 19-4 and 17-0.
Both games were run-ruled, though Game 1 was a tough start for Manhattan.
The Indians trailed Highland Park 4-3 after the top of the third, but Manhattan snapped out of it in the bottom of the frame and put up nine runs. From there, the Indians cruised.
“It starts with too many walks,” MHS head coach Don Hess said. “We just kind of got bit in the first couple innings of that first game by putting base runners on without them really earning it.
“It’s never an easy feeling having to play from behind, but we corrected that situation and came back, threw strikes, hit the ball and ran the bases aggressively. All and all, it was a good effort.”
Junior pitcher Jacob Biller highlighted the afternoon for Manhattan with a perfect game in the 17-0 victory, which was run-ruled after three innings.
Biller struck out 8 of the 9 batter’s he faced.
“That’s the best he’s thrown all year, in terms of control,” Hess said of his pitcher. “He (did that) in 30-35 pitches and that’s an incredible effort. That’s the Jacob Biller we’ve been looking for all year, and it’s nice to have him show up at this point in the year.”
Biller said he felt in the zone.
“I just felt good,” he said. “I was ready. I got up there and wanted the ball in my hand. I just threw. I didn’t worry about anything, didn’t try to overthrow, didn’t try to force anything to happen… I just let it happen.
“I did what I knew I could do.”
The run-support Biller had after the Indians went up 17-0 in the bottom of the first didn’t hurt either, he admitted.
“It instills confidence,” Biller said. “If doesn’t matter if you give up a hit or not… you’re still up, so you don’t have any worries. You’re just out there throwing.”
Biller was pleased to see his team finish off the Scots in the second game, after struggling to get going in Game 1.
“We didn’t come out with the intensity that we needed to,” he said. “We kind of figured we had it in the bag, because it’s a team Manhattan usually doesn’t have problems with. So, we didn’t come out like we needed to, but luckily we turned it around and blew it open.”
Junior Brett Fehr posted a triple in each game and Tyler Wohler was 2 for 2 with four RBIs in Game 1 alone.
Senior TJ Giller started the first game for Manhattan and was relieved by junior Ethan Fabrizius in the third.