Baseball splits doubleheader at Seaman 

Grant Snowden, Sports Broadcaster

Manhattan High baseball opened their season last Friday where they traveled to Centennial League opponent Seaman. (1-1)

Manhattan and Seaman battled it out in the first game with both teams pitching and playing great defense early. However, Manhattan eventually got on the board in the third inning in a run that would end up winning the game. Senior Braden Dinkel hit an RBI double into left field that would score senior Jack Campbell from second. 

“It felt good.” Dinkel said. “You know we had been battling the whole game so finally getting a runner in scoring position, got Jack [Campbell] on second just one hit to help win the game felt good.”

This would be the solo run in the first game that would lift the Indians to a 1-0 win. Senior Cade Perkins pitched a complete game that featured 13 strikeouts and only one hit allowed. Manhattan was happy with their first win of the season but was not completely satisfied. 

“It felt good. Normally, like Coach [Don Hess] said, Seaman is our toughest opponent, so getting that first one under our belts was good,” Dinkel said. “And I know we split with them but now we see what we need to work on now for the rest of the season.”

Manhattan would drop the next game to the Vikings 11-4. Unlike the first game, Manhattan struggled to find the strike zone giving up hits and walks that would begin to tally up for Seaman. 

“I think we just got kind of down on ourselves early,” Dinkel said. “We put up two in the first inning and then they came right back so I think we got down and then it kind of just trickled down the rest of the game just kind of brought the whole emotion of the team down.

Manhattan will have two double headers this week as Topeka High will travel to Manhattan Tuesday night and then Manhattan will head to Washburn Friday night in Topeka.