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Salina takes twin bill from Manko Jrs.

By Brady Bauman

The American Legion Manhattan Manko junior 17ers struggled Tuesday night against the Salina Hawks at Norvell Field.

Manhattan lost the doubleheader in a pair of run-ruled games, 14-6 and 24-5.

“You just got to play with some passion and some pride,” 17ers coach Dan Rumsey said. “It’s all about putting all three aspects of the game together at the same time.”

In Game 1, the 17ers came out of the gates firing and led 4-0 after the first inning with singles from Ian Hart, Jeremy Broadwater, Isaac Leon and Luke Stegeman.

The 17ers stayed in front going into the fourth with a 4-2 lead, but the contest shifted dramatically after that.

Salina scored eight runs in the top of the inning and four more in the next one to end the game after five.

Game 2 had a similar start for the 17ers, who play in a tournament this weekend in Wamego.

The 17ers were well within striking distance after two innings, trailing 3-1. But more big offensive innings from the Hawks made it another short game.

Salina scored 11 runs in the top of the third and 10 more in the top of the fourth to send the 17ers to the parking lot early.

“It’s really hard when dig yourself that deep of a hole,” Rumsey said. “It’s really hard to stay focused and in the game.”

Nathan Kordyak started Game 1 for the 17ers, with Brett Fields and Eric Prockish pitching in relief.

Offensively, Leon, Hart and Stegeman led the way with two hits apiece. Grant Urban doubled.

Jace Priddle started the nightcap, with Josh Chapman, Wesley Whitney, Jake Olson, and Urban following.

Urban added two more doubles in the second game.

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