After rain postponed Tuesday’s trip to Kansas City to face the KC Bullets, the two teams met up Wednesday evening, with the Bullets coming out on top 9-2 in a nine-inning wood-bat game.
Manhattan came up with just four hits against the Bullets, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, with Garrett Francis’ double providing the team’s only RBI. Grant Munsen also had a double in a two-hit game while Darien Stokes provided the other hit for the 17ers.
On the mound, Manhattan coach Steve Disbrow opted to get a large portion of his staff some work Wednesday night, with a game today and two on Friday before the rest of the weekend’s bracket play in the Great Plains Shootout.
Starter Isaac Leon took the loss, allowing three runs in two innings of work before giving way to reliever Nathan Kordyak, who allowed two runs in two innings. Alex Huerta pitched a pair of scoreless frames, with Jeremy Broadwater replacing him for an inning and allowing three runs (one earned) and Francis closing out the game, allowing a run in the bottom of the eighth.
All in all, the Bullets managed 13 hits against the 17ers.
Manhattan played this morning at Tointon Family Stadium against the Midwest Sluggers in its opening pool-play game at the Great Plains Shootout. They play two more on Friday, both at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park, before bracket play begins on Saturday.
The No. 1 seeds based on pool play from the eight different pools in the Shootout will all play at Tointon on Saturday, with semifinals and a championship game on Sunday in Topeka.
Seeds 2-4 out of pool play will play in Topeka and wrap up their tournament on Saturday.