Baseball wins both in home opener 

Will Ivester, Sports Editor

Manhattan baseball rolls to a 4-0 start after a sweep against Topeka High 20-5 and 17-4 last Friday.

In the first game senior Kyler Horsman took the mound looking for another dominant outing. In the bottom of the first, bats were hot for Manhattan, taking a 8-0 lead in the first. In the top of the second Manhattan let up three runs but the offense took the runs back after a five run inning as they led 13-3 going into the third. In the top of the third Topeka scored two more runs to cut the lead to eight. In the bottom of the third Manhattan stayed hot scoring six more runs before going to the top of the fourth. In the top of the fourth Horsman pitched a one-two-three inning as they went into the bottom of the fourth needing one run to get the mercy rule. In the bottom of the fourth Manhattan got a leadoff double then a single to bring the man home to take game one 20-5.

In the second game Topeka came out hot, scoring four runs against senior Ian Bluemel to take the lead early. In the bottom of the first Manhattan had bats swinging and regaining the lead 6-4. The next two innings Bluemel didn’t give up a single run but the MHS bats stayed hot scoring seven more in the second and third taking a lead of 13-4. In the fourth Bluemel stayed hot, giving up no hits and Manhattan scored four more runs to hold a lead of 17-4 going into the fifth. The next three innings both teams played shutout ball allowing zero runs for the Indians in a dominant 17-4 win.

“The offense did their part and I did mine and we got the win and we need to keep up how we’ve been playing,” Horsman said.

Manhattan’s next game is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, At the Eisenhower Middle School fields.