The Manchester baseball team traveled to Blackford to take on the Bruins on a miserable Saturday, sweeping a double header 10-7 and 18-0.
In game one the Squires fell behind 5-0 in the first before mounting a comeback. Manchester scored 3 times in the second when Hayes Sturtsman led off with a single. With one out Zach Hill would single before Kam Lester was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Trey McNall would make it 5-1 with a single followed by an rbi single from Landon Tharp. The last run of the inning came off a Kane Gable single as the Squires cut the gap to 5-3. Blackford would come right back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 7-3.
Hayes Sturtsman would draw Manchester a run closer in the third with a towering shot over the left field fence to make it 7-4.
The Squires would get even closer in the 5th. Gable would draw a lead off walk and advanced to second when David McAtee reached on an error. After an infield fly and a ground out Gable would score on a wild pitch right before a Zach Hill single drove home McAtee to close the gap to 7-6.
Manchester would grab the lead in the 6th. With one out Tharp would single. With two outs Gable would get an infield single, followed by a McAtee infield single to load the bases when Sturtsman blasted a grand slam to lift the Squires to a 10-7 lead that they would hold for the win.
In game two the Squire bats went off, scoring 18 runs on 15 hits. Manchester led 8-0 after one and 13-0 after two, before scoring 5 times in the fifth for the win.
Hayes Sturtsman and Zach Hill led the way with 3 hits each. Kam Lester had 4 rbi’s with Bailey Ness and Hill adding 3 rbi’s each.