Shawnee Heights sweeps Indians

By Brady Bauman

The Manhattan High baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader Friday, falling at home to Shawnee Heights 12-0 and 5-2 at Norvell Field.

The Indians were run-ruled in the first game — the game being called after five innings.

“Shawnee Heights has always had a good team,” MHS head coach Don Hess said. “They return a ton of guys from a year ago and were bigger, stronger and faster today. They pitched the ball really well tonight, and a lot of the reasons we struggled was because of a lot of the things they did well. So, you have to tip your cap to them.”

Game 1 started well for the Indians, though.

The Thunderbirds were taken out quickly from the start with a strikeout and a groundout and were held scoreless. But that changed quickly in the top of the second.

A two-run double by Shawnee Heights’ Dayton Pomeroy got the Thunderbirds on the scoreboard and senior Zach Macke added another two-run double in the next at-bat.

Junior Vince Ramos posted a RBI single later in the inning and just like that, the Indians faced a 5-0 deficit going into the the third.

In game 2, Manhattan was much more competitive, but it still wasn’t enough.

After a scoreless first inning, the second inning again proved to be bad for the Indians, as the T-Birds scored three runs on four hits — including a two-run single by Jordan Floyd.

Floyd, who will play baseball at Kansas State in the fall, also pitched the first game.

Manhattan High made it interesting toward the end, though.

Indians’ junior Michael Leeper began the order with a double to center. Two hitters later, senior TJ Giller connected on a single to plate the MHS first run of the doubleheader.

The Indians got another run later in the inning with the aid of back-to-back singles by senior Josh Klug and junior Jacob Biller.

Nonetheless, Shawnee Heights added in a run in both the fourth and fifth innings and the three-run gap was too much for Manhattan to overcome.

“We competed a whole lot better,” Hess said about Game 2. “We pitched the ball a whole lot better in the second game. There were some things we didn’t a very good job of tonight. We improved in the second game, and eventually we’re going to get there. It’s just taking us a little longer than we’d like.”

Giller started Game 1 and went 3 1/3 innings and junior Ethan Fabrizius pitched the rest of the way.

Jesse Steinbring opened Game 2, going the first four innings, while Henry DeNoble tossed the final three.

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