Baseball stays undefeated

Will Ivester, Sports Editor

The Manhattan High baseball team stays undefeated with a 11-0 record after a sweep against Emporia last Friday.

Since Manhattan swept their first series they have continued to roll going 9-0. In Manhattan’s home opener against Topeka High Friday March 31, senior Kyler Horsman took control on the mound going five innings allowing five runs. Bats were hot for Manhattan in the first game as they scored 20 runs in five innings and they ruled Topeka High in game one 20-5. In the second game Manhattan continued to shine with senior Ian Bluemel on the mound. Bluemel went for five innings allowing four runs. On the plate Manhattan continued from the first game and scored 17 runs in five as they secured the sweep over Topeka High. 

Later that week Manhattan faced Topeka Hayden at home and continued to shine. Senior Ian Luce took the mound to start the first game. Early in the game, Manhattan went down 10-4 going into the top of the third when senior Tyler Gagnon replaced Luce on the mound. At the end of the fifth Manhattan took the lead 14-12 with junior Jake Wolcott taking the mound to start the sixth. In the sixth Hayden would take back the lead 15-14 with two doubles . Going into the seventh Horsman tied the game up with a single then senior Jaxon Vikander would walk it off with a double as they took game one 16-15.

“We kept fighting the whole game and I knew once I hit it we won the game and it was just an amazing feeling,” Vikander said.

Taking the mound in game two was senior Ian Bluemel. Ian threw four innings allowing two runs but with the MHS bats Manhattan finished the game quickly scoring nine runs in the first three innings completing the sweep 9-2.

Next Manhattan traveled to play Junction City, who stood no chance against the Indians. In game one Horsman took the mound and had his best stuff allowing only two runs in his five innings pitched, but this game was even bigger for Vikander, as he went 4-4 with a double and three home runs. 

“The first one I hit out once it hit off my bat I just knew it was gone and it was amazing,” Vikander said.

In the game the Indians had five home runs as they blew JC out 15-2. In game two it was no different with Isaac Bluemel on the mound throwing five innings with three wins. 

“He is one heck of a player and he is having such a great season so far,” Coach Don Hess said

The bats continued from game one as MHS finished the game with 18 runs and completed the sweep over JC.

The following week MHS tracked to Topeka to face Washburn Rural. Horsman took the mound in game one and allowed two runs while going 2-4 on the night with two singles. The bats have never stopped for MHS this season as they scored 18 runs in five innings taking game one 18-2. Due to weather, game two was canceled against Washburn. 

For Senior Night MHS hosted Emporia in their last home series of the year. Senior Isaac Bluemel took the mound in game one where the Indians started off slow, going down 3-0 going into the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth Manhattan had everything working for them as they took the lead 6-3 going into the sixth. In the top of the sixth Wolcott came in and threw a one-two-three inning. In the bottom of the sixth Manhattan scored another six runs taking a 12-3 lead going into the seventh. In the seventh Wolcott had another great inning and finished the game 12-3. 

In game two Ian started on the mound for the Indians and had 7 strikeouts in his six innings pitched. The seniors did not disappoint in the second game on the plate scoring 11 runs and kept the undefeated season alive after an 11-1 in six.

“This team is really special and there is still a lot of work to be done.” Horsman said.

Manhattan’s next game is at 4 p.m. on Friday May 5, at Hays.