Junior 17ers cruise to 26-3 rout at home

By Brady Bauman

The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers routed Wamego’s 16-and-under club 26-3 Saturday evening at the Eisenhower Baseball Complex.

Manhattan run-ruled the game after five innings.

“We knew coming in we’d be a superior team,” Manko head coach Dan Rumsey said. “So I challenged the guys to find aspects of their game they could improve on and get better at.”

Manhattan starting pitcher Jeremy Broadwater got the win on the mound. He tossed two innings and allowed no runs, no hits, no walks and struck out six batters.

“Jeremy did a great job in his two innings,” Rumsey said. “He struck out the side in both innings and threw good pitches.”

Broadwater was relieved by Brett Fields, who threw the third and fourth innings where he gave up three runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Jake Olson pitched the fifth and ultimately final inning for Manko. He gave up one walk — no hits or runs — and struck out two batters.

Offensively, Fields was a perfect 3 for 3 and tallied four RBIs, drew two walks and scored three times. Olson also posted three hits.

Six Manhattan batters posted doubles and Ian Hart posted an RBI triple in the bottom of the first.

Rumsey said it was important for his team to stay focused on what it could do, and to not get too confident against the younger Wamego squad.

“I challenged us to forget who we were playing on the other side of the field,” he said. “As long as we went out and played our game, weknew we could boost our confidence.

“Our pitching gained confidence and at the plate we had guys who haven’t played a whole lot of innings get in some quality at-bats.”

The 17ers will continue play this afternoon with a doubleheader against the Salina Eagles at Norvell Field with a first pitch at 1.

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