The Manhattan High softball team put in two team efforts Friday night in a sweep of Hayden at Anneberg Park.
The Indians won the opening game 4-1 and an eight-run bottom of the sixth propelled MHS to a 12-4 victory in game two.
“I thought we did a real good job in both games,” Manhattan head coach Scott Mall said. “I thought our first game was maybe the best combination of defense, pitching and hitting that we’ve had. They really did a good job in all three phases. Then we came back in the second game and did a lot of the same things.”
Sophomore Aubrey Jung was the winning pitcher for game one and threw a complete game for the Indians. Jung allowed one run on four hits, walked one and recorded seven strikeouts.
Allison Devlin threw all seven innings for game two. The MHS junior gave up four runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three.
In Game 1 both teams posted a run in the first inning, but the defenses held in the second inning before the Indians(6-2) got going again in the bottom of the second.
There, back-to-back RBIs from juniors Kaitlyn Motley and Jenna Stigge added two more runs for Manhattan. Jung started off the top of the fourth with back-to-back strikeouts and a flyout to the shortstop competed the 1-2-3 inning for the MHS defense.
The Indians tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame with junior center fielder Kylie Smith sliding to home off a wild pitch by Hayden and Manhattan kept the 4-1 lead the rest of the way.
In Game 2, MHS held a 4-1 lead as well, but things changed in the sixth inning.
A three-run at-bat tied the game in the top of the inning when Hayden took advantage of Manhattan miscues. Though the order started with a ground out to third base, junior first baseman Katie Flynn followed with a double to left and senior Elizabeth Shafer got on base after drawing a a walk. Hayden’s next at-bat was retired with a fly-out for the second out.
The Indians thought they were out of the inning when Stigge, the shortstop, made a diving catch during Bree Schmidt’s at-bat, but the ball fell out of Stigge’s glove at the last second and Hayden had the bases juiced.
Hayden catcher Kelsie Bigenwalt then found a gap in deep left-center field and the double was good enough to clear the bases and tie the game.
Manhattan answered, though, and got out of the Hayden-half of the inning with a ground out to third.
The Indians’ offense quickly got going in the bottom of the inning and opened it with a walk, an error on the Hayden defense when fielding a Stigge bunt, and an RBI by Jung to break the tie. While the Wildcats were able to post a strikeout during the next at-bat, MHS didn’t miss a beat after that.
Junior third baseman Allie Massanet drew a walk to load the bases and senior right fielder Blake Woborny singled to extend Manhattan’s lead by two.
A two-run double by Smith, consecutive RBIs by Kori Bridegam and Cat Bridegam and a RBI single by Stigge gave the Indians a more than comfortable 12-4 lead by the time bottom of the sixth — an inning Manhattan batted through the order — was through.
Mall was pleased with his team’s response after Hayden tied the game late.
“The girls kept playing,” he said. “Things look different when it’s tied, and we came to bat the next inning instead of hanging our heads that we let the lead get away. The girls were pumped up and we had a chance to go up and hit the ball to get the lead again.”
Mall was also pleased with the efforts from Jung and Devlin from the pitching cirlce.
“I thought both pitchers pitched great,” he said. “I think Aubrey gave up just four hits in the first three innings and I don’t think she gave up a hit after that.
“And Allison really kept (the Wildcats) off balance most of the ballgame. (The sixth) inning her control wasn’t as good as it had been, but she battled back and came out and got it back and did a good job that last inning of putting the ball where she wanted it and made (Hayden) put the ball where we wanted them to hit it.”
MHS 4, HAYDEN 1
Hayden 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 4 2
Manhattan 1 0 2 1 0 0 X — 4 9 0
WP — Jung. LP — Schmidt.
MHS 12, HAYDEN 4
Hayden 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 — 4 8 1
Manhattan 1 0 0 3 0 8 X — 12 11 3
WP — Devlin. LP — Schmidtberger.