MHS baseball splits Washburn Rural doubleheader

By Maria McIlwain

Manhattan head baseball coach Don Hess was happy with how his team came back from a tough loss on Friday.

Washburn Rural’s Payton Smith hit a two-out walk-off double to give the Junior Blues the 2-1 win in Game 1. Manhattan (4-2) responded with an 8-2 win in Game 2.

Hess was pleased with the pitching and defense in both games.

In Game 1, the Indians took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning. Ed Scott led off the second inning with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to give Manhattan its lead.

The Junior Blues tied it up after starting pitcher Nick Wohler gives up a leadoff walk to first baseman Matt Nedved, who was replaced by courtesy runner Shawn Marquis. After a pair of singles puts him on third, Marquis scores on a fielder’s choice.

Wohler had a solid outing, giving up the one run on five hits over six innings of work. He walked three batters and struck out nine. Wohler also went 2 for 3 at the plate.

Carson Marsh was tagged with the loss, giving up one run, walking one and striking out one in his inning of work.

In Game 2, Manhattan struck first, putting three runs on the board in the third inning. Designated hitter Talon Claussen led off with a single. After Chance Andrade was hit by a pitch, both runners scored on Brady Woborny’s double, but he was tagged out at third. Zac Cox, who hit a double, scored on a single by Wohler to cap the inning.

Washburn Rural responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Brady and Brayden White walked and came around to score on a throwing error by shortstop Zac Cox to make it a one-run game.

That didn’t last long. Manhattan rode a barrage of hits to a five-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach. A fielder’s choice by Woborny put runners at the corners with one out. Cox hit an RBI double to score Carter Perkins, who led off the inning with a single. After an RBI single by Wohler, Jake Steinbring cleared the bases with a triple. He came around on a base hit by Scott. Steinbring had a stellar second game at the plate, finishing 4 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Wohler went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Cox, Perkins and Chance Andrade each had multi-hit performances.

Ethan Kaus pitched the first three innings, giving up two unearned runs, three walks and striking out one in the win. Marsh pitched four shutout innings of three-hit ball to seal the win.

“We are continuing to compete and learn more about our team every day,” Hess said.

Manhattan returns home on Tuesday to face Highland Park.

Game 1
Washburn Rural 2, Manhattan 1
Manhattan 0 1 0   0 0 0   0
Washburn Rural 0 0 0   0 1 0 0
WP — Casebier LP — Marsh
3B — MHS: Scott. 2B — Washburn Rural: Smith.

Game 2
Manhattan 8, Washburn Rural 2
Manhattan 0 0 3   5 0 0   0
Washburn Rural 0 0 2   0 0 0   0
WP — Kaus. LP — Nedved.
3B — MHS: Steinbring. 2B — MHS: Woborny 2, Cox Washburn Rural: Henderson, Brady.

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