The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers split a pair of games on the road Tuesday night.
Facing Emporia’s 16-and-under team, the 17ers lost the opener 12-4, but rebounded in the nightcap with a 19-3 victory.
Luke Stegeman led the way in Game 1 for the 17ers, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while teammates Isaac Leon and Josh Chapman also collected two hits.
Big innings by Emporia in the fifth and sixth innings, however, doomed Manhattan, as Emporia combined to score nine runs in the two innings.
Leon started the night on the mound for the 17ers (4-10). He pitched four innings and allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. The game was run-ruled in the sixth inning.
The 17ers’ fortunes turned in the second game, though.
Manhattan was tied with Emporia after two innings and then exploded offensively in the third with a seven-run frame. The 17ers’ defense blanked Emporia in the bottom of the inning and the Manhattan offense again put up big numbers in the top of the fourth with a nine-run showing. Emporia was held at bay again and the game ended in a run-rule.
Whitney and Ian Hart each had two hits and three RBIs for the 17ers, with Hart doubling. Darien Stokes and Jake Olson also totaled two hits for Manhattan.
Jace Priddle opened the game on the mound for the 17ers, tossing two innings. He gave up three runs — one earned — on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Nathan Kordyak pitched the third and fourth innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, while striking out two batters.
The 17ers will continue play this weekend at home with a doubleheader against the Salina Eagles Sunday at Norvell Field, beginning at 1 p.m.