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Senior 17ers finish 3-1 at Washburn

By Grant Guggisberg

The American Legion Manhattan Manko senior 17ers finished off their tournament at the Washburn Ichabods’ summer team camp showcase, winning their final game of bracket play on Sunday against the KC Blaze Red, 6-4 to finish first in the Silver division.

Manhattan’s Eric Prockish earned the win on the mound, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief after starter Jeremy Broadwater fell into a 4-0 hole (one earned run) in the top of the second inning.

But the 17ers offense came up with the game-winning rally all in the same inning, plating six runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead, with both teams putting up zeroes the rest of the way.

Garrett Francis relieved Prockish in the fifth inning and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the save

Offensively, Manhattan logged nine hits, but outslugged the Blaze, which did not have an extra-base hit. The 17ers, on the other hand, got a big day from Isaac Leon, who had a pair of doubles, with Jake Olson and Ian Hart also adding doubles and Luke Stegeman hitting a triple.

Wes Whitney led the way with two RBIs, while Stegeman, Olson and Leon each drove in one.

With a 3-1 record over the weekend in the books, Manhattan returns home to Norvell Field for a matchup against the Topeka Stars on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Juniors close out weekend

The junior 17ers lost a pair of late games Saturday night to end their weekend at the Maverick Summer Showdown in Wichita.

Manhattan closed out pool play with a 13-1 loss to the Wichita Nationals before a 10-0 loss in bracket play late Saturday night. Both games were abbreviated due to run-rules.

Against the Nationals, the 17ers allowed five runs in the second inning and after getting one back in the top of the fourth, allowed five more in the bottom of the fourth to make it 10-1.

The Nationals got three more in bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Brett Fields took the loss for the 17ers on the mound, pitching into the fourth inning before TJ Ladner took over in relief. Ladner pitched an inning before giving up three runs without recording an out in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Offensively, the 17ers logged just three hits, with Alex Fetters, Chance Henderson and Chase Hagemann all singling. Fields had the team’s only RBI.

In the 17ers’ bracket-play game against the Wichita Grays White squad, Manhattan found trouble almost immediately, with the Grays putting up three runs in the bottom of the first and adding six in the bottom of the second against starter Josh Rockey.

Rockey allowed just four hits in his three innings of work, but walked eight. Fetters came on in relief and got two outs in the bottom of the fourth, but allowed the single run (unearned) needed to end the game by run-rule.

The junior 17ers play at Wamego on Tuesday in a pair of games scheduled at the Wamego Recreation Complex for 6 and 8 p.m.

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