Junior 17ers go 1-2 in South Dakota

By Brady Bauman

The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers baseball team opened the Sioux Falls Classic with a win and two losses in South Dakota over the weekend.

Manhattan lost Friday’s pool-play opener 8-0 against Sleepy Eye (Minn.), but rebounded Saturday afternoon with a 10-7 win against Mitchell (S.D.). Manhattan fell again, though, in the late game 9-1 against Sioux Falls (S.D.) West.

Full statistics for Saturday’s games were unavailable at press time.

Against Sleepy Eye, Manhattan fell in an early 4-0 hole after the first inning. The 17ers recovered and kept Sleepy Eye off the board in the bottom of the second and third innings, but two-run bursts in the fourth and fifth frames widened the gap and the 17ers were bested after five innings in a run-rule loss.

Jake Olson led the bats for Manhattan and was 2 for 2 for the day, while teammates Isaac Leon, Luke Stegeman and Wesley Whitney each notched a hit.

Jeremy Broadwater got the starting nod for Manhattan on the mound and tossed four innings. In that span he gave up no earned runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Eric Prockish came on in the fifth and allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and a strikeout.

Sleepy Eye used just one pitcher, who surrendered five hits, a walk and struck out seven 17ers.

Manhattan was plagued by errors in the contest. The 17ers totaled six, while Sleepy Eye committed none.

Manhattan (7-19) will play again in the tournament today with a 10 a.m. first pitch against Sioux Falls (S.D.) Central.

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