MHS baseball splits opener in Wichita

By Joel Jellison

Manhattan High baseball coach Don Hess admitted his team didn’t get off to its best start on Tuesday, but it recovered in the second game of the day.

In a split doubleheader in Wichita, the Indians opened the day with a 9-6 loss to Wichita East before beating Derby 15-5 in the second game of the day.

Derek Francis took the loss for the Indians against Wichita East, but also had a nice hitting day with two hits and four RBIs, and a 2-run home run. Trey Francis also had three hits and an RBI.

Hess said East just had an answer for everything they accomplished at the plate.

“Every time we scored they came back and scored,” Hess said. “We played like an inexperienced team, made base-running mistakes and our discipline at the plate wasn’t good.

“They were a good team and they made us work for it. A great team goes out and scores and holds the other team down and we weren’t able to do that.”

The Indians came back strongly in the second game though, as Trey Francis led the way with four solid innings on the mound.

Brooks DeBord had two hits and three runs, Josh Mullin had two hits, a double and three RBIs and Jake Priddle had two hits, three runs, two RBIs and a double.

Hess said they turned it around after a slow start in that game.

“We started out falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, but we competed a lot better at the plate and had a better understanding of what we were trying to do,” Hess said. “We ran the bases smarter and more aggressively.”

The Indians will open Centennial League play on Friday when they open home play against Washburn Rural at Norvell Field at 4 p.m.

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