Rural completes sweep of Indians

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High softball team was supposed to play Washburn Rural in the second doubleheader of the season, to open Centennial League play.

But with the Junior Blues completing construction on their field in early April, the game was pushed back to the Indians’ rainout date of May 4.

The teams met up on Friday in Topeka, one month after their originally scheduled game, as Washburn Rural took both games with 8-0 and 10-3 wins over the Indians.

The Junior Blues scored six runs in the second inning of Game 1, while the Indians (10-8) struggled to get much of anything going with just five hits in the entire game.

Hannah Weingartner opened the inning for Washburn Rural with a double, and then Erin Peel drew a bases-loaded walk three batters later to score the first run of the game. Abby Warkentine smashed a grand slam to score four more runs, and Savannah Moore singled in the sixth run.

Already leading 6-0, the Junior Blues added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Indians didn’t have an answer.

Washburn Rural yielded 12 hits off MHS pitchers, as Aubrey Jung took the loss in the circle. Jung allowed 11 of the hits and walked three, while striking out two. She was charged with five earned runs.

Kori Bridegam had two hits, while Allie Massanet, Kaitlyn Motley and Kylie Smith had one hit each.

The Junior Blues took an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. Motley scored on a wild pitch and Ashley Hageman hit a sac fly to score Jenna Stigge and tie the game at two in the second.

Washburn Rural took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Alyssa Carney.

Jung hit a single to score Motley in the fourth inning to tie the game at three, but the Junior Blues would score one run in the next two innings and eight in the sixth.

Washburn Rural had RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth and the fifth and then really turned on its offense in the sixth.

Weingartner grounded out to score Moore, and then Kelsee Henry hit an RBI single. Samantha Carson scored on a wild pitch and Peel hit a sac fly to score Jenny Metzger. Warkentine hit her second homer of the day, this a two-run variety to make the score 11-3. Abbey Breeding and Sophia Holman each hit RBI singles to end the game by 10-run rule.

Devlin pitched five innings and took the loss for MHS, yielding seven runs on 11 hits with three walks and no strikeouts. Warkentine was the winning pitcher in both games for the Junior Blues.

Motley led the Indians with two hits, while Massanet had a double. Hageman and Jung each had RBIs.

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