The Manchester baseball team was in action Saturday as they hosted Churubusco in a double header. Even though the Squires were at home they were the visiting team because the game was moved from Churubusco because of field conditions.
In the cold, windy conditions, with a few snow flurries the Squires fell 13-9 and 5-2.
The Squires gave starting pitcher Jim Sainsbury the early lead in game one, scoring twice in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead. Evan Olinger and Jim Sainsbury scored for the Squires.
With the defense struggling, Churubusco would plate 5 runs in the second inning and 4 more in the third to take a 9-2 lead.
The Squires offense was struggling right along with the defense until they broke the ice in the 5th, scoring three times to close the gap to 10-5. Jim Sainsbury and Jurgin Cripe had rbi’s in the inning.
Trailing 13-6 heading in to the 7th the Squires would rally one more time, scoring three runs and leaving two on to come up short 13-9.
Justin Lewis, Cody Harlan, Jim Sainsbury and Jurgin Cripe each had two hits. Evan Olinger, Branden Scott, Phoenix Goad, Evan Milam and Grant Schuler each had one hit.
Coach Rupley ” Didn’t play very good ”D”, giving up 8 unearned runs. Did a real good job of scratching our way back in the game.”
The Squires fell 5-2 in game two. Evan Olinger and Phoenix Goad scored in the third, with the Squires garnering just five hits in the game.
Phoenix Goad led with two hits. Thad Miller, Jurgin Cripe and Evan Olinger each had a hit.
Coach Rupley ” Much better job on defense. Pitching was decent in both games. Just have to put all facets of the game together and we can be pretty good.”