MHS softball drops two at Hayden

By The Mercury

After losing the first game of a road doubleheader at Hayden by seven runs, the Manhattan High softball team dug deep and hung with Hayden into extra innings of Game 2 before ultimately losing 3-2.

Manhattan lost the first game 9-2, then dropped the second game in eight innings, the second year in a row the Indians have gone extra innings in a game with Hayden.

Manhattan got off to a promising start in the second game, as Savannah Thaemert singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  After a walk to Aubrey Jung, Thaemert scored on a ground ball by Alex Perez.

Hayden came right back to tie the score in the bottom of the first, getting a leadoff single followed by two stolen bases before scoring on a ground out.

The Indians threatened to score in the middle innings, but couldn’t push any more runs across. 

Manhattan took the lead again in the fifth when Thaemert led off with a strong double.  She moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another grounder by Perez.  Madi Fief and Lindsey Hageman reached on a walk and single with two outs, but were stranded.

The Indians threatened again in the sixth when Amanda Gross was hit by a pitch and Katelin Hoefler walked, but a sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in a double play, and a following single by Thaemert was not enough to add to the scoring.

Hayden tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when the first two batters reached on a single and a walk and advanced to second and third.  The first run scored on a sacrifice fly, but Manhattan preserved the tie when the Wildcats tried to bunt the runner home, but were thrown out at the plate.

The game went to the bottom of the eighth as the light was fading.  Hayden scored the winning run with a leadoff walk that got all the way to third on wild pitches. An infield error ended the game.

Bannister pitched very well, scattering five hits, while striking out two and walking three.  Thaemert went 3-3 and added a walk to be perfect in her four trips to the plate, and Alex Perez drove in both runs.

Earlier in the day, Manhattan played tight with Hayden through 3 1/2 innings before falling off the pace.

Hayden scored two in the first inning, coming up with the clutch hit with two runners in scoring position.

Manhattan got on the board in the fourth when Jung led off with a single and advanced to second on the play.  After a fly out, Fief singled to score Jung.  Hageman reached on an error, but the next two batters were retired to end the inning.

Hayden broke the game open in their half of the fourth inning.  After an out, the next five hitters reached base safely. A three-run home run and a pair of doubles helped make the score 7-1. The Wildcats added to their lead in the sixth when a double, a walk, and three infield errors resulted in two more runs.

The Indians did come back to score a run in the seventh, but it was not enough. Hoefler singled with one out, and ended up scoring on a wild pitch.  Two more runners reached when Thaemert singled and Jung reached on an error, but a strike-out ended the game.

Jung took the loss on the mound, as she battled throughout, but had to throw a lot of pitches, as she didn’t have her usual strong location.  She allowed 11 hits and four walks, while striking out one.

Manhattan plays at Rossville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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