MHS softball drops two at Rossville

By The Mercury

In one of the team’s few non-league contests of the year, the Manhattan High softball team traveled to Rossville Tuesday afternoon, but were swept in a doubleheader, 1-0 and 7-3.

In the first game, Rossville got the only run it would need in the first inning with three singles to lead 1-0.

Manhattan, on the other hand, would produce only three baserunners through the first five innings, with Alex Perez reaching on an error, Katelin Hoefler walking and Perez reaching on a hit by pitch.

In the sixth, Chelsey Henry’s one-out double was the first Indian hit of the game.  Lindsey Hageman singled in the seventh for the second and final hit.

Aubrey Jung pitched a very strong game in a tough-luck loss.  After allowing three hits in the first inning, she allowed only two hits and one walk the rest of the way while striking out four.

In the second game, Manhattan got off to another slow start, with a pair of strikeouts to leadoff the game.

The Indians threatened in the second when Madi Fief led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Lindsey Hageman, but she was thrown out in a close play at the plate on an infield grounder by Miranda Hemmert. 

Rossville took the lead in the second inning. 

With one out, an error, a walk and a single loaded the bases.  Sydney Bannister threw out the lead runner at home on an attempted squeeze play, but allowed a walk to force in a run. The Bulldogs scored another run in the third with a one-out triple and a single.

The Bulldogs got three more runs in the fourth inning, loading the bases and scoring a run on an infield out, before getting a two-run single to lead 5-0.

In the fifth, Manhattan got things going offensively.

With one out, Amanda Gross, Sydney Gold and Henry singled to scratch across one run.  Jung walked to load the bases and Perez walked to force in a second run.

But Rossville answered in the fifth, scoring two runs on another timely two-out hit.

Manhattan scored again in the sixth, as Hageman walked, but was forced out at second.  Gross singled, and after a line-out, Henry singled to score the third run. Savannah Thaemert and Fief reached in the seventh to give the comeback a chance, but they were stranded on the bases as the final two outs were recorded.

Bannister scrambled on the mound, but kept the team in the game, while waiting for the offense to get going.  She allowed seven hits and five walks while striking out three. 

Henry and Gross each collected two hits. Jung, Thaemert and Fief each reached base safely twice.

Manhattan will host Shawnee Heights this Friday for doubleheaders at Anneberg Park.

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