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Junior 17ers split with Salina Eagles

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan American Legion Manko junior 17ers played a pair of games on the road on Tuesday, splitting games against the Salina Eagles.

The 17ers lost Game 1, 8-7, before coming back to win Game 2, 7-6.

Manhattan opened the night jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning, and led 7-2 going into the seventh. But an error-laden inning led to six runs from the Eagles, who came from behind to win in walk-off fashion.

Josh Rockey pitched four innings for the 17ers and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Dylan Newell took the loss, pitching 2 2/3 innings and allowing five runs, none earned, on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Jace Priddle came in and allowed one hit, one walk and a run.

Parker Beer led the offense with two hits and an RBI, while Priddle had two hits and scored two runs. Chance Henderson, Kobe Brown and Alex Fetters each had an RBI.

The 17ers experienced a similar situation in Game 2, but managed to hang on for the win.

Leading 7-0 going into the seventh inning, the 17ers struggled to stave off a comeback attempt by the Eagles, but Priddle recorded the final two outs to complete the save.

Brett Fields pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Brown came on to pitch three innings and allowed six runs, all earned, on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

Beer was 2 for 2 with two RBIs, while Wes Conrow had a hit and two RBIs. Newell, TJ Ladner, Priddle and Chase Hageman each had two hits.

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