MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - After a week of cold, rain, and wind the weather warmed up and with that so did the bats. That showed in several games Friday night as hitting was contagious and runs were abundant.
In a doubleheader between Manhattan and Emporia, strong pitching kept the Spartans at bay, while the Indian’s offense was led by a home run in the fourth inning from outfielder Bret Fehr.
"Well we’ve been hitting a lot in the cages in practice when it’s been cold outside," said Indians outfielder Jake Olson. "I feel we’ve progressed as the season’s gone on. We got used to the pitchers in game situations, you know, seeing the ball a lot better helps the ball go."
Manhattan entered the day with a record of 10 and 2.
Just down I-70 in Junction City the Blue Jays were in a doubleheader of their own against Hayden.
The bats were hot in JC as the Wildcats scored multiple times by way of the long ball. A string of scoring began in game two after a two run homer from Hayden’s Derrick McGreevy opened things up in the second inning.
Junction City found a way to muster up a combined 7 runs of offense; however, that wasn’t enough for Blue Jays to land in the win column.
"We’re trying to finish strong here," said Blue Jays catcher Will Ervin. "We’ve got a young team, a young group of guys really trying to finish strong. We’re in a little bit of a rut right now, but we’re trying to finish strong right now."
Junction City fell in both games, losing the first 7-3 in 8 innings and the second game 7-4.