MHS baseball cruises to sweep

By The Mercury

The Manhattan High baseball team took care of Highland Park with ease on Friday afternoon in Topeka, winning a pair of five-inning games by the score of 11-0 in each.

In Game 1, the Indians took advantage of four Highland Park errors to score 11 runs on eight hits.

Manhattan took a 1-0 lead in the first, with Kellen Myers reaching on a hit by pitch and scoring on a passed ball.

The Indians put up five runs in the top of the third, taking advantage of a pair of Highland Park errors, with Alex Huerta providing an RBI double, Jesse Steinbring an RBI single and a two-run double by Myers.

Manhattan would go on to add three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to earn the run-rule victory.

Jacob Biller earned the win on the mound, allowing just three hits and striking out three over four scoreless innings. Connor Brown pitched a scoreless fifth inning to end the game, striking out two.

In the second game, Manhattan also came up with 11 runs to win in run-rule fashion.

The Indians scored two, with Myers singling home Bret Fehr and Myers scoring on a groundout by Chris Klug.

In the second inning, Fehr tripled to drive in Garrett Francis and make it 3-0 in favor of Manhattan.

The Indians scratched another run across in the third inning, this time with Jonah Webber singling home Biller.

Manhattan’s bats got going in the fourth, with a two-out rally cashing in four runs to make it 8-0. Myers singled and Biller walked before Klug reached on an error to score a run. Webber followed with a two-RBI double before Mike Leeper’s single scored Webber.

In the fifth, Fehr, Myers and Biller hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to score two runs, with Webber singling home Biller to make it 11-0.

Manhattan got a solid pitching effort from Ethan Fabrizius, who tossed four innings of one-hit ball while striking out four and walking none to earn the win. Evan Olson came on in the fifth and struck out the side to end the game.

The wins give the Indians (16-2) a 10-game winning streak with one more doubleheader remaining in the regular season, a matchup against Washburn Rural (17-1) on Tuesday at Norvell Field on senior day. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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