Juniors lose state opener

By The Mercury

After fighting to come back from behind to tie the game, the American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers lost in extra innings on Wednesday at the Class A state tournament in Leavenworth.

Manhattan led early, but watched Doniphan County pile up the runs before winning in walkoff fashion in the eighth inning

The 17ers played Leavenworth in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. today.

Manhattan scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but Doniphan County started scoring runs. The 17ers trailed 6-2 going into the fifth inning.

The juniors scored three runs in the top of the fifth to pull within a run of the lead, but Doniphan County countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-5 lead.

The 17ers added one run in the sixth inning and then another four in the seventh inning to tie the game at 10 and force extra innings.

Brett Fields started for the 17ers and went four innings, allowing six runs, four earned on 11 hits and a walk, with one strikeout. Jace Priddle came on and pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing four runs on two hits and three walks.

Dylan Newell went 1 1/3 innings and gave up just one hit. Parker Beer was charged with the loss after going 1 2/3 innings and allowing one run on two hits and two walks.

At the plate, leadoff hitter Chance Henderson went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Newell added two hits and two RBIs and Josh Rockey had one hit and two RBIs.

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