Manko juniors drop a pair at Emporia

By Grant Guggisberg

The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers lost a pair of games on the road Tuesday night to Emporia Post 5.

After dropping Game 1, 8-1, the 17ers almost completed a rally in the nightcap, losing 4-3 in a tight game.

Manhattan allowed four runs in the bottom of the first to start the evening, which made things tough going forward. Emporia had a 6-0 lead before the 17ers had the opportunity to score a single run in the top of the fifth.

Emporia would get that run back and more in the bottom of the frame, however, plating two runs, to lead 8-1 before blanking the 17ers in the final two frames to close out the win.

Brett Fields took the loss on the mound in four innings of work, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, with three strikeouts and no walks. Dylan Newell came on in relief in the fifth, pitching a pair of innings while allowing one run on two hits.

Offensively, Manhattan totaled just six hits in the contest, with TJ Ladner logging the only RBI on his single in the fifth. Parker Beer had a two-hit game and hit a double, with Chase Hagemann, Kobe Brown and Alex Fetters all hitting singles.

In Game 2, Manhattan again started in a hole, trailing 2-0 after the first inning.

But after allowing single runs in the bottom of the second and fourth, put together a rally that came close to evening the score in the late innings.

The 17ers plated a pair of runs in the fifth to make it 4-2 in favor of Emporia, while adding another run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to one.

But Manhattan couldn’t get the final run it needed in the seventh.

Ladner pitched well but took the loss on the mound for Manhattan, going all six innings allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.

Offensively, the 17ers once again logged six hits, with Jace Priddle having a two-hit game and an RBI, while Fetters and Fields each logged RBI singles. Beer hit another double, while Wes Conrow added a single.

Manhattan heads to Junction City for the weekend, playing four games at Rathert Stadium, including an opening game Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Rock Creek.

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