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MHS softball sweeps Junction City

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High softball team won its fourth straight game of the season on Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader with rival Junction City on the road.

The Indians won the first game 2-0 and then came back to win the second game 8-2.

MHS started off with a run in the first inning of Game 1, with Cat Bridegam scoring Kylie Smith on a sacrifice fly.

The Indians scored their second run in the fifth inning, when Smith scored on a sac fly from Kaitlyn Motley.

Aubrey Jung pitched a complete game in the win, allowing five hits and striking out eight batters. Despite scoring just two runs, the Indians had success at the plate with Jenna Stigge reaching base three times and Smith, Kori Bridegam and Ashley Hageman getting on base twice.

The first five batters of Game 2 would all reach safely, as Cat Bridegam and Ashley Hageman drove in runs on singles and Stigge and Allie Massanet drew bases-loaded walks to score two runs.

Another two runs in the fifth inning to put MHS ahead 6-0, with Alex Perez singling in Jung and Smith grounding out to score Hageman.

The Blue Jays would score two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 6-2, but the Indians scored two more in the seventh to put it away.

Allison Devlin singled to right to score Perez and Smith with the bases loaded to give the Indians a six-run cushion.

Hageman picked up the win in Game 2, her second of the season, pitching a complete game and allowing six hits and two walks, while finishing with five strikeouts.

Kori Bridegam had three hits and Massanet had two hits. Seven different players had RBIs in the win.

Manhattan is 10-6 on the season and will play at Washburn Rural on Friday, before capping the regular season with a home game against Topeka High on May 8.

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