Baseball splits delayed doubleheader with Seaman

Jacob Clanton, Sports Editor

For the Manhattan High baseball team, its greatest opponent is not another team. Rather, it is the weather.

MHS’ doubleheader against Seaman was postponed from April 7 to April 10 due to rain storms the week prior. This rain has been a continual theme throughout the season.

“We haven’t been outside,” head coach Don Hess said. “We literally have probably been outside twice in the last two weeks, and we’re hoping that as we get some reps outside, that some of the reactionary things will improve.”

The lack of outdoor practices reared its head, as Manhattan split the doubleheader with Seaman, 8-3 and 1-5.

Seaman jumped out to an early lead in the first game, thanks to errors by MHS. However, the team wasn’t worried.

“It was early,” junior relief pitcher Carson Marsh said. “We were going to bounce back. It’s only three runs, it’s a manageable game, and we have the pitching to make it close.”

Marsh would come in for senior starting pitcher Nick Wohler in the fourth inning and hold Seaman scoreless the rest of the game.

“My curveball was really working good today,” Marsh said. “They got hits, but they forced themselves into outs.”

Scoreless pitching combined with a five-run sixth inning gave Manhattan the 8-3 win.

Relief pitching was the story of the night for MHS. Marsh and junior Ethan Kaus combined for three runs in nearly eight innings of work.

“[Kaus] came in and gave us everything we needed,” Hess said, “just like [Marsh] did in the first game. I was really proud of both those guys.”

The second game started much like the first, as Seaman jumped out to an early lead. Though Manhattan would score a run in the third to make it a game, Seaman scored two runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away.

“We made some mental and physical errors,” Hess said. “[It] seemed like they had their leadoff guy on quite a bit, and eventually the dam’s going to break and they’re going to break through. We out hit them, and we did some great things, but we just have to make the plays we need to.”

Though Manhattan outhit Seaman in the second game, none of the hitters had an outstanding doubleheader.

“I don’t know who did have a good night [hitting],” Hess said. “I mean, we just had some clutch base hits, especially in the first game. When we consider everything, it was just a good team effort.”

Manhattan returns to action April 14 at Washburn Rural. To win, MHS knows it just needs to be itself.

“Pretty much just doing what we did tonight: staying confident at the plate, and throwing strikes,” Marsh said. “We don’t really know how good they are, but they fight.”