MHS cruises to easy sweep of Scots

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High softball team picked up a pair of run-rule victories over Highland Park on Tuesday, topping the Scots 18-0 in three innings and 15-0 in six innings.

The Indians opened the first game with nine runs in the first inning, despite recording just two hits. Manhattan drew seven walks in the inning and Tyler Hoyt got it started with a single to right field to score two runs.

Kaitlyn Motley had the other hit in the inning to score a run and Aubrey Jung grounded out to bring in a run. The other five runs came on bases-loaded walks.

The Indians piled on six more runs in the second inning. MHS batted around its lineup and collected five hits with Kori Bridegam driving in two runs and Allie Massanet driving in another.

The Indians added three runs in the third inning with Allison Devlin and Jenna Stigge each picking up RBI hits.

Aubrey Jung and Ashley Hageman combined to pitch the three innings, as Jung went two innings and allowed one hit and two walks, while recording four strikeouts. Hageman pitched the third inning.

Kori Bridegam, Stigge and Hoyt each drove in multiple runs in the game-one win.

The Indians opened the second game by scoring five runs, with the first five hitters in the lineup all coming around to score. Kori Bridegam drove in Kylie Smith and then Kaitlyn Motley scored her. Stigge singled to score Cat Bridegam and Motley and Stigge eventually scored as well.

The Indians added one run in the third after they brought Stigge around to score and then scored one in the fourth with Smith coming home on a Cat Bridegam single.

MHS would score enough runs to put the game away in the sixth inning, scoring eight times. Cat Bridegam scored twice and drove in a run on a single and Smith had an RBI single. Alex Perez brought in two runs with a hit.

Hageman pitched three innings and held the Scots to just one hit and two walks. She needed just five pitches to retire the side in third. Devlin pitched the final three innings on two hits, walking one batter and recording two strikeouts.

The Indians are scheduled to come home on Friday for a doubleheader against Hayden.

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