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MHS softball sweeps Topeka West

By The Mercury

The Manhattan High softball team used a dominating performance in the first game and a comeback win in the second game to record their first sweep of the season on Friday.

The Indians got off to a good start early in Game 1 to win 10-0, and came from behind to win Game 2, 7-3.

In the first game, MHS got things started with a big second inning. Madi Fief doubled to score Caitlyn Claussen and then scored on an error. Kylie Smith tripled to plate Savannah Thaemert and Kori Bridegam singled to drive in Smith. Tyler Hoyt’s groundout scored Bridegam with the fifth run of the inning.

The score remained 5-0 until the fourth, when the Indians started another big inning. Aubrey Jung singled to drive in Bridegam. And then Allie Massanet singled to drive in Hoyt. Fief singled to drive in Jung, and Alex Perez singled to drive in Massanet to make the score 9-0.

Manhattan ended the game by run-rule in the fifth as the first four hitters reached base safely to score the game-ending run.  Hoyt reached first with an infield hit and Smith scored from third before a play could be made on her.

Jung took her fourth win of the season, as she pitched all five innings, allowing only three hits and one walk, while striking out six. 

Bridegam went a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs. Hoyt, Smith, Fief and Perez all had multiple hits.

Manhattan High got off to a slow start in the second game. Topeka West scored three unearned runs in the second inning and then threatened to score more in the third, before a defensive play from Massenet ended the attempted rally.

The Indians got their offense going again in the fourth. Jung doubled to score Bridegam and Massanet singled to drive in Jung. Fief followed with a double to score Claussen with the third run of the inning to tie the score at 3-3.

Manhattan took the lead for good in the sixth when Massanet singled to drive in Hoyt with the go-ahead run.  Perez singled to score Jung and Smith tripled deep down the right-field line to score Perez and Thaemert.

Hoyt recorded her first win of the season, as she went the first five innings, allowing nine hits with two strikeouts. Jung got her first save of the season, as she pitched a perfect two final innings, striking out two.

Bridegam enjoyed a great day at the plate, as she recorded three more hits, making her 7 for 8 on the day, while scoring three runs. Massanet added two hits and she and Smith each drove in two runs.

MHS is scheduled to play a doubleheader at league-leading Seaman on Tuesday, then come home for a doubleheader with Highland Park on Friday.

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