The Manhattan Manko 17-and-under 17ers started things off well enough Saturday night in the late game of the 21st Annual Manhattan Tournament of Champions at Norvell Field, but the good start didn’t last against the Kansas (Topeka) Mudcats.
Manhattan fell 15-5 in four innings after being tied at two runs apiece going into the bottom of the third.
“It was the theme of the weekend,” Manhattan head coach Dan Rumsey said. “We need to learn how to limit the big inning.”
Manhattan’s Jeremy Broadwater started the game on the mound and pitched three innings where he gave up nine runs — five earned — on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He was relieved by Brett Fields.
“We had a couple defensive mishaps that didn’t help our pitchers out,” Rumsey said. “Jeremy did a great job of getting ahead of batters and were in the ballgame the whole time, but some defensive lapses took us out of the game.”
Offensively, Jake Olsen led the way for Manhattan with a double and two RBIs. Josh Chapman and Broadwater registered the other two hits for Manhattan. Eric Prockish also tallied a RBI and drew two walks.
The 17ers will continue play Tuesday night with a doubleheader at Junction City against the Blues starting at 6 p.m.