The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers moved another game closer to a state berth on Tuesday, defeating Junction City 14-6 in a run-rule victory in its second game at the Marysville single-A Zone tournament.
Manhattan won the five-inning game with a pair of strong innings midway through the game, plating five runs in the bottom of the third and six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 11-2 lead.
Junction City scored four runs in the following frame, pulling within five runs, but Manhattan got three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via run-rule.
Alex Fetters led the way offensively with a three-hit game, while Parker Beer and Chance Henderson each finished with two hits each. Wes Conrow finished with three RBIs to lead the team.
On the mound, Brett Fields got the start, going three innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. Jace Priddle came on in relief and finished out the game, allowing four runs on one hit, with two strikeouts and six walks.
Now 2-0 at the Marysville Zone tournament, Manhattan will play the winner of Marysville/Junction City tonight at 8 p.m. A win would crown the juniors as tournament champions, while a loss would result in a second championship game between the two teams, with the winner advancing to Class-A state next week in Leavenworth.
Seniors lose to KC Elite Grey
The senior 17ers hit the road Tuesday for a single nine-inning game against the KC Elite Grey, losing 8-3.
Manhattan mustered just four hits against KC Elite pitching and scored just three runs, two of which came in the top of the ninth inning.
Luke Stegeman had the only RBI for the 17ers on his lone single, while Jake Olson and Ian Hart added singles. Darien Stokes had the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double.
On the mound, Grant Munsen took the loss but pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out two and walking two. Jeremy Broadwater relieved him in the sixth, pitching a scoreless inning before giving way to Nathan Kordyak, who went an inning while allowing a single run.
Eric Prockish found trouble in the eighth, allowing four runs on three hits while recording just one out, before Isaac Leon came on to finish out the inning, allowing no runs and one hit with a strikeout.
The seniors are scheduled for another nine-inning game against the Salina Falcons at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina tonight, beginning at 7.
The team will begin its AAA Zone tournament in Salina next week.
MANHATTAN 14, JUNCTION CITY 6
Junction City 101 04 — 6 4 5
Manhattan 005 63 — 14 11 2
WP — Fields. LP — Collette. SV — Priddle.
2B — Junction City (Foley), Manhattan (Henderson).
KC ELITE 8, MANHATTAN 3
Manhattan 000 100 002 — 3 4 2
KC Elite 011 010 14x — 8 10 2
LP — Munsen.
2B — Manhattan (Stokes).