MHS sweeps Topeka West in home doubleheader

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High softball team picked up two big wins Thursday, as it swept Topeka West 16-1 and 5-3 at Anneberg Park.

The Indians (8-6) came out swinging the bats well in Game 1, scoring four in the first, six in the second and six in the third to end the game by run rule after 2 2/3 innings.

Kaitlyn Motley scored all four runs in the first inning with her first home run of the season, hitting a grand slam to bring around Kylie Smith, Kori Bridegam and Cat Bridegam along with her.

Allie Massanet, Blake Woborny and Smith started the second inning with three straight singles. Cat Bridegam drew a bases loaded walk to force in one run and Motley doubled up the middle to drive in two more. 

Jenna Stigge singled to drive in two more and stole second. Massanet had an RBI single to cap the inning with a 10-0 lead.

After Topeka West scored its only run in the top of the third, the Indians scored six more runs to bring the game to a close. Motley started it by driving in Smith and then Stigge grounded out to score Kori Bridegam. Aubrey Jung had an RBI single that brought in Cat Bridegam, and Massanet scored Motley.

Woborny brought the game to a close with a two-run single to score Jung and Massanet.

The Indians were led by Motley’s 3-for-3 performance that included seven RBIs. Massanet, Smith and Woborny each had two hits and Stiggs had three RBIs.

Jung took the win in the circle, facing just 11 batters and allowing one run on one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Her lone run allowed was a home run.

Game 2 started with a run from Topeka West in the top of the first, and the Indians wouldn’t score until the third inning when they piled on three runs.

The Indians scored two runs in the third off one hit, when Kori Bridegam hit a single with two runners in scoring position. It was 3-1 after the third, but the Chargers made it 3-2 in the fourth.

The Indians would push ahead a little more in the fifth inning, starting with a single from Motley that scored Smith. Stigge would groundout to score Kori Bridegam, and the Indians led 5-2.

Topeka West put the pressure on in the sixth inning with a run, but it couldn’t threaten anymore as Jung came in relief to shut it down.

Motley had two hits and drove in two runs, as did Kori Bridegam. Devlin took the win pitching five plus innings and allowing 10 hits and two walks. Jung took the save with one hit allowed.

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