LAWRENCE — A day after struggling at the plate in a narrow win over Junction City, the Manhattan High baseball team couldn’t get enough offense going against the Maize Eagles in Friday’s semifinals, losing 3-1 to fall into the consolation game.
Manhattan (21-3) got good pitching from starter Henry de Noble and Jesse Steinbring in relief, but couldn’t get the timely hit, leaving four baserunners stranded.
Maize, on the other hand, got a pair of two-out singles to score runs, which proved to be the difference in the game.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an infield hit by Bret Fehr and an RBI-single by Jonah Webber. But Manhattan would log just four hits the rest of the way against Maize right-hander
Connor Lungwitz, who pitched a complete-game for the win.
Manhattan faces Wichita Northwest in the Class 6A consolation game at Hoglund Ballpark, set to begin at 4 p.m.