Softball drops two games to Washburn Rural

Megan Klug, Blue M Editor-in-Chief

Playing one of their biggest rivals, Manhattan took the field against against Washburn Rural for a doubleheader Friday night. The first game of the night started rocky for many reasons and ultimately the Indians lost the game 7-0.

Senior Mady Trujillo went down with a knee injury, tearing her meniscus. The injury occured when Trujillo was playing at second base and Washburn hit the ball high to the edge of the outfield. Trujillo collided with senior Raegan Wilcoxson and went down, but not before she caught the ball.

“Raegan [Wilcoxson] threw the ball out of [Trujillo’s] glove, because people from Washburn were still running the bases,” senior Josie Hilgers said. “I was calling for the ball because they were still running in.”

Once the ball was in and the Washburn runners were idle, Trujillo was helped by coaches and trainers. However, the act of carrying her off the field and providing aid took more than 15 minutes and slowed down the game. Players played catch and warmed up again in order to stay loose.

“Once they had figured everything out, Anna [Batt] had a few pitches to warm up again since it took so long,” Hilgers said.

The second game showed the team’s resilience, holding Washburn to two runs, only losing by one. Due to an injury, the team had to move their players around and adjust their play. With many players in positions they do not typically play because of the injury in game one, they adjusted to what was needed in order to hang with their opponent. Although the offense was unable to string enough hits together for another run, the defense improved from the first game. Losing due to a walk-off RBI, the team was still content with their performance overall.

“Washburn has a really good pitcher,” Hilgers said. “I felt like we played really well, especially since Washburn is such a good team.”

The Lady Indians will travel to Emporia today and face Hayden at home on Friday.