The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers lost both games of a doubleheader Friday night at historic Rathert Stadium in Junction City.
Playing the Junction City Hawks senior team, the 17ers lost the first game 9-5 and the nightcap 11-10.
“I was very proud of my boys again tonight,” 17ers coach Dan Rumsey said. “Coming into the game, we knew that the Hawks wouldn’t respect us because of our age, but I believe we earned it with our play on the field.”
The 17ers were behind 9-3 in the first game until they scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. In the second game, the 17ers led the Hawks 9-7 going into the third after a seven-run second.
Manhattan added another score in the top of the fifth when Josh Chapman scored on a passed ball. Junction City, however, wasn’t done.
The Hawks tallied two runs in the bottom of the frame and added another in the bottom of the sixth to squeak by the younger 17ers.
Isaac Leon pitched the whole way in Game 1 for the 17ers, giving up nine runs — five earned — on 10 hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Jeremy Broadwater tossed the first five innings of the nightcap and Chapman closed the contest in relief .
Broadwater gave up 10 runs — five earned — on six hits, with six strikeouts and and two walks.
“Isaac and Jeremy both did a great job on the mound for us tonight,” Rumsey said. “They each threw a bunch of strikes and were able to locate their fastballs and they each had their curveballs working.”
Offensively, the 17ers (3-5) were led by Wesley Whitney and Athen Martinez in Game 1. Whitney was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Martinez was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Eric Prockish led the way in the second game with an 2-for-4 outing that included an RBI and a run. Broadwater had a two-run double.
“The boys are doing an outstanding job executing our gameplan at the plate and continue to have very professional approaches when they step in the box,” Rumsey said. “Once again, I am very pleased and proud of our performance tonight.”
The 17ers return home Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Salina Hawks, beginning at 6 p.m.