The Manhattan High softball team ended its season in the first round of Class 6A regionals, losing on the road against second-seeded Olathe Northwest, 11-1, on Tuesday afternoon.
Manhattan (6-15), which earned the No. 7 seed at regionals, got off to a good start, scoring a run in the first inning, with Savannah Thaemert walking with one out and Aubrey Jung reaching safely when her grounder was thrown away going for the force out at second base, and the runners advanced to second and third. Madi Fief’s ground ball to short scored Thaemert with the game’s first run.
Olathe Northwest evened the score in the bottom of the second, reaching on an infield error, advancing on a single and scoring on a sacrifice bunt.
The Ravens’ big inning came in the third.
A one-out walk was followed by a wind-aided home run by junior Reagan Hathaway, a verbal commitment to the University of Texas, to score two runs. A walk, a misplayed bunt and three singles plated four more runs in the inning to make the score 7-1.
Olathe Northwest (18-4) scored twice more in the fourth on three singles and a sacrifice fly, then two more runs in the fifth on two singles and an error to end the game by run rule, 11-1.
Manhattan hit the ball solid throughout the game, recording no strikeouts, but few fell safely, as they had infield hits by Thaemert and Chelsey Henry, and a single by Jung.
Jung took the loss in the circle, allowing 10 hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. She pitched credibly, but was hampered by three errors and an inconsistent and small strike zone.
Olathe Northwest went on to defeat Topeka High, 7-4, in the regional championship game to advance to next week’s state tournament at Blue Valley West in Overland Park.