Manhattan softball experienced a little déjà vu on Friday.
Washburn Rural beat the Indians, 9-1, in each game of the doubleheader. Madisyn Shaneyfelt scored both runs for the Indians.
Head coach Monty Enright felt Game 2 starting pitcher Chelsey Henry had one of her best outings of the season. The senior pitched a complete game and gave up nine runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out three in the loss.
“I think she was in control and started to hit some spots and was a little bit smarter with her pitches,” he said. “Anna (Batt) did, too. Anna only had only one bad inning. I thought they both pitched better than they did Tuesday, and hopefully we made a big step tonight.”
Henry pitched a perfect two innings to start the game before giving up two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Taytum Carson and Kasey Hamilton in the third. She sent the Junior Blues down in order in the fourth before giving up a two-out RBI double to Carson.
Carson came around to score on an RBI single through the left side by Taylor Ullery. Carson, the center fielder, finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Caitlin Schumacher finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
“We were in the hunt there in the second game,” Enright said. “It was 2-0 in the fifth inning, so we were in the hunt there, and had a good opportunity.”
Manhattan had several opportunities in the first five innings but couldn’t convert, stranding four baserunners, including two in scoring position. Haleigh Harper was also thrown out at home on a squeeze attempt in the fourth and Ruth Schinstock was doubled up off of second to end the fifth.
“We made a few baserunning mistakes,” Enright said. “We hurt ourselves.”
Junior Blues starting pitcher Madison Roth was dominant in the win, giving up one run on five hits with one walk. She struck out three.
Henry allowed a Washburn Rural run in the sixth on a Schumacher RBI single and seemed like she would cruise through the seventh. She sent down Carson and, after walking Hamilton, got Ullery to fly out to center. But she walked Sierra Leonetti, and two runs scored on an error by first baseman Josie Hilgers. Schumacher and Madison Schneweis singled in two more runs, making it 9-0 in favor of the Junior Blues.
“I think the wind got knocked out of us,” Enright said. “We had runners on second and third, and we had a ground ball, and we should have made that play and that’s the inning.”
The Indians got their only run of the game in the bottom of the frame thanks to a two-out triple from third baseman Jadyn McClellan that scored Shaneyfelt. Shaneyfelt, the catcher, went 3 for 3.
Overall, Enright was pleased with the defense, especially a slick diving catch by Schinstock, the right fielder, to end the fifth inning in Game 1.
“That was wonderful,” he said. “We’re really excited to see her make a play like that. She’s been working hard, and that was pretty cool.”
Though Manhattan has lost six games in a row, Enright still feels there is a positive attitude around the team.
“I think we’re working hard still, and we’re trying to get better,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to do yet for us. It’s still an early season. We’ve seen some good teams, so I think it’s still very positive.”
Washburn Rural 9, MHS 1
The Manhattan bats couldn’t get going in Game 1 against Washburn Rural and starting pitcher Madison Roth. Roth pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out three in the win.
Manhattan only managed one hit, a single up the middle by second baseman Allie Grant, for the first four innings. Nobody finished with multiple hits, and the Indians’ run came in the seventh when Madisyn Shaneyfelt, who tripled, came around to score on an RBI groundout by Madyson Trujillo.
Anna Batt took the loss for Manhattan, giving up nine runs on 15 hits while walking two and striking out three.
The Junior Blues scored two runs in the first thanks to RBIs from Taylor Ullery and Sally Fairbank.
Rural plated four in the next inning on hits by Taytum Carson, Kasey Hamilton and Sierra Leonetti before being held quiet for the next three innings. The Junior Blues’ last three runs came on a bases-clearing double by Fairbank in the sixth. Fairbank finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs, while Hamilton finished 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Leonetti was 3 for 5 with and RBI and two runs scored, Carson finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Roth was 3 for 4 with a double and run scored.
The Indians travel to Highland Park on Monday for two important games. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.