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Senior 17ers lose Saturday opener, 2-0

By Joel Jellison

The American Legion Manhattan Manko senior 17ers opened their Saturday with a tough loss in Topeka, losing to the Wichita Sluggers, 2-0, in the Great Plains Shootout.

The 17ers outhit Wichita 8-5, but couldn’t manage to push across a run, as the Sluggers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Jesse Steinbring led the 17ers with two hits in three appearances. The first five batters in the 17ers’ lineup were held to three hits on 15 appearances, while six through nine had the other five hits for Manhattan.

Chris Klug pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up two runs — one earned — on five hits and one walk in seven innings. He also had three strikeouts.

The 17ers finished the weekend with a game against the Midwest BlackSox late Saturday night, but the results were not available by press time. Manhattan opened the tournament with a 9-4 win over the BlackSox on Thursday at Kansas State’s Tointon Family Stadium.

The 17ers split the final games of pool play on Friday in Topeka.

Manhattan opened the day with an 11-0 win over Batters Box (Colo.) at Washburn, and then lost the nightcap at Hummer Sports Park to the OK Outlaws, 7-2.

The 17ers used a nine-run third inning against Batters Box to put the game away in just five innings.

Jonah Webber was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs, while Josh Mullin was 1 for 2 with a double and three RBIs. Chris Klug and Jesse Steinbring each went 3 for 3 with a double, and Steinbring added two RBIs. Kellen Myers had one hit and two RBIs.

Mike Leeper earned the win for the 17ers, pitching four innings and allowing no runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The OK Outlaws scored two runs in the first and then added two runs each in the fourth and the fifth on the way to a 7-2 win over Manhattan. The 17ers were outhit 10-3 in the loss and committed six errors.

Josh Klug and Mullin had the only RBIs for the 17ers, coming on the third and fifth innings.

Steinbring pitched four innings in the loss, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Evan Olson pitched the final three innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits, while striking out one.

The loss Friday dropped the 17ers out of contention for a spot in Saturday’s semifinals played at Tointon Family Stadium.

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