The Manchester Squires baseball team, after a 48 hour delay finally got a chance to keep their Cinderella post season going Monday in the Wabash regional as they took on Frankton in the semi finals. Manchester trailed 4-0 when they scored 4 runs in the third and 3 in the fourth to lead 7-5. Frankton would score 2 runs in the sixth to force extra innings before scoring 4 in the ninth to end the Squires season 11-7.
Manchester trailed 4-0 heading to the bottom of the third when Kane Gable led off drawing a walk. Gable would steal second before Rylie Rickert hit a single to left, scoring Gable to make it 4-1. With Rickert standing on second Hayes Sturtsman would walk and was followed by Zach Hill being hit by a pitch to load the bases. Janzin Cripe followed being hit by a pitch to force home Rickert to close the gap to 4-2. Trey McNall then reached on a fielders choice to score Sturtsman before a David McAtee single knotted the score at 4.
Frankton would score a run in the top of the fourth with the Squires answering in the bottom of the inning. Bailey Ness would draw a walk and was followed by a Rickert single. Fluke would pinch run for Ness before Sturtsman walked to load the bases. With one out Cripe would draw a walk to force home Fluke to tie the score at 5. McNall then followed with a walk to bring home Rickert as the Squires led 6-5. With two outs McAtee would single home Sturtsman for a 7-5 lead.
Frankfort tied the score in the sixth. The Squires would put two runners on in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t plate a run.
After getting out of a jam in the top of the seventh, Bailey Ness would lead off the bottom with a single. Frankfort then rolled a double play before forcing a ground out to force extra innings.
The game would go to the ninth when the Squires unraveled a little, giving up 4 runs in the 11-7 loss.
Photos taken by Anna Markham and Aubree Lambert