MHS softball season comes to an end

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High softball team ended its season with a loss in the regional semifinals at Washburn Rural on Wednesday, falling to Lawrence Free State 9-6.

MHS got on the board early when Kori Bridegam singled to bring Kylie Smith around to score.

But Free State came around to score in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1.

The Indians took the lead in the second inning, scoring a run with an RBI single from Allie Massanet that brought across Blake Woborny.

Free State came back again in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff home run and an RBI single to push ahead 3-2.

Lawrence Free State would add another two runs in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead, using a two-run home run to score the runs.

The Indians had chances to score in the third and fourth innings, but they never got a run to come across. Smith had a double in the third, but the Indians had three straight flyouts to end the inning. Manhattan loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning, but again came up scoreless.

Free State expanded its lead to 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four runs on two doubles, adding three singles and a walk, and taking advantage of two errors by the Indians.

MHS wouldn’t go out without a fight though, rallying for four runs in the sixth inning. Tyler Hoyt opened it by reaching on an error that scored Aubrey Jung. Smith singled in Savannah Thaemert and Cat Bridegam singled in Hoyt. Kaitlyn Motley hit another single to score Kori Bridegam.

The Indians brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh, as Massanet and Hoyt got on base. The game came to a close on a groundout.

Manhattan had 14 hits, while Massanet led the way with four. Smith had three hits and Cat Bridegam, Motley and Jung had two hits apiece.

Jung took the loss in the circle, pitching 4 1/3 innings and yielding six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Allison Devlin came in relief and pitched the rest of the way.

Washburn Rural won the regional final to lock up a trip to state, beating Free State 16-3.

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