Manko juniors split at TOC

By Joel Jellison

In their only action of the weekend, the Manhattan American Legion Manko junior 17ers split a pair of games at the Tournament of Champions on Thursday.

The 17ers opened the night at Tointon Family Stadium with a 13-5 loss to the Salina Hawks, before winning the nightcap against the Junction City Jays, 14-2.

Manhattan was held to three hits in the loss to Salina, scoring its runs thanks to three Salina errors and an RBI hit by Chance Henderson and an RBI fielder’s choice from TJ Ladner.

Parker Beer took the loss for the 17ers, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out one. Dylan Newell allowed four runs in relief, and Josh Rockey surrendered two.

The second game was highlighted by a couple good performances at the plate. Brandon Cook was 2 for 3 with four RBIs, while Wess Conrow had a bases-clearing single. Newell and Beer each hard two RBIs and Colby Brown had the other.

Jace Priddle picked up the win for the 17ers, pitching three innings and allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Brown came on in relief and pitched one inning, giving up one hit and a walk and striking out one.

The 17ers will be at home on Tuesday to play a doubleheader at 6 p.m. against the Kansas Senators at Norvell Field.

Manhattan currently does not have another scheduled home game this summer.

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