Manko falls 7-5 to close weekend

By Joel Jellison

American Legion Manhattan Manko Senior 17ers coach Luke Snyder said he was starting to see some positive things on Saturday.

The 17ers had scored just one run in the first three games of the KSU Team Camp Showcase, going 0-3 to start the weekend.

Manko had an offensive explosion in comparison on Sunday, scoring five runs in the series finale. It was, however, the fourth straight loss for the 17ers, as they fell 7-5 to the FCA Knights.

The 17ers tied the game at five in the top of the fifth inning, starting off with a leadoff triple from Dustan Whipple. Jesse Steinbring hit a single to bring Whipple in from third, and then Kellen Myers hit a triple to score Steinbring.

The lead wouldn’t last, as the Knights started off the bottom of the inning with a triple and a double to go ahead 6-5. A groundout pushed in one more run before the inning ended, and the Knights held on to their 7-5 lead over the next two innings.

After missing out on an opportunity to score in the top of the first, the 17ers watched the Knights put up two runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Knights put back-to-back runners on base thanks to an error and walk, and then a double scored both base runners to give FCA the early lead.

The 17ers would cut into the lead in the second inning, using a wild pitch to advance Tyler Holen to third base, and a single from Chris Klug to bring him around to score. The 17ers took the lead in the third inning.

Steinbring reached on error to start the inning, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bret Fehr singled, and both runners advanced on a throw, scoring one run and putting another on second.

Josh Klug grounded into a double play to the pitcher, but Fehr came home to make it 3-2 as the Knights tried to run down a player.

The Knights took the lead right back in the bottom of the third, getting a pair of RBI doubles to take a 4-3 lead.

An error with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning helped the Knights keep the inning alive, and an RBI single scored a run.

Spencer Anderson replaced Ethan Fabrizius on the mound to start the inning, and struck out the first two batters before the error allowed the Knights to extend the inning.

Anderson finished the game pitching three innings and allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out three. Fabrizius started the first three innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out three.

Chris Klug led the way offensively with a 2-for-3 game, while Fehr finished 2-for-4, and each played had one RBI.

The 17ers will be on the road throughout this week, playing at Emporia on Tuesday and then taking part in the four-day KU Team Camp Showcase Thursday through Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence.

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