Softball

Manhattan wrapped up a busy week of action Friday by splitting a pair of games in Anaconda.

The Tigers rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat Thompson Falls 17-10, and then lost to Plains-Hot Springs 14-4 in five innings.

“Plains is a good team. They’ve got a lot of good hitters. They’ve got a really good pitcher and they run the bases well and play great defense. So they’re pretty much the real deal,” Manhattan coach Randy Cygan said. “I think they’ll be one of the top four teams at state this year.”

The loss to Plains-Hot Springs capped a stretch of three games in two days (and four in four days). Thus, the team’s young pitching staff — sophomore Claire Nolan and freshman Meagan Elgas — began to show signs of fatigue on Friday.

“Our two pitchers that we’ve been using, they’re pretty worn out right now,” said Cygan. “We played two games last night (Thursday), a varsity and a JV, so they both pitched last night and they both pitched Tuesday. It’s been a long week for the pitchers, a lot of innings.”

Nolan scattered seven hits en route to earning the win in the circle against Thompson Falls. Elgas allowed just five hits in the loss to Plains-Hot Springs, but the Tigers committed nine errors in the contest.

“Errors again,” Cygan lamented. “We can’t shake them sometimes.”

Shayla Shea led the charge against Thompson Falls by hitting her team-leading fourth homer of the season to go along with a double. Daela Didriksen added three triples, and the Tigers belted nine extra base hits.

The offense was shut down in Game 2, however, Kassidy Kinzie allowed just two hits and struck out four in three innings of work as Plains-Hot Springs built an early 13-1 lead.

“Plains had the best pitcher we’ve seen this year,” said Cygan. “So that was good to see her.”

On Thursday, the Tigers built a quick 7-0 lead then did just enough the rest of the way to beat Ennis 10-4. Natalie Scott was 3 for 4 with a triple to lead Manhattan at the plate.

“Be nice if we would have just kept hitting and finish off a game. We haven’t been able to do that this year,” said Cygan. “I’d like to get to that point hopefully sometime mostly because of the pitch count of our pitchers. Today was the first time we didn’t play seven innings this year. We only played five against Plains.”

Manhattan also traveled to Laurel on Monday and lost an 8-7 non-conference clash to the Class A Locomotives. Amy Grevious and Shea each belted home runs for the Tigers, who led 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth before Laurel rallied to win the game.

Manhattan (6-4) plays Lincoln County and Troy this weekend in Florence.

Manhattan 10, Ennis 4

Manhattan           701 200 0  -  10  10  3

Ennis                     010 210 0  -    4    6  4

Meagan Elgas and Daela Didriksen. Whitney McKitrick, Jenna Snider (1) and Paxton Fortner. W - Elgas (5-1). L - McKitrick.

MANHATTAN (5-2) - Adele Didriksen 2-4 (2B), Shayla Shea 0-4, Amy Grevious 0-5, D. Didriksen 2-3 (2 2B), Malia Friese 1-3, Matilda Dietz 1-4, Natalie Scott 3-4 (3B), Abby Kabalin 0-2, Lexi Miller 0-1, Casey Elfland 1-3 (2B).

ENNIS - Olivia Lohrenz 0-4, Shae Lovett 1-3, Snider 2-3, McKitrick 2-3 (HR), Kara Elliott 1-3 (2B), Fortner 0-3, Alyssa West 0-3, Riley Robinson 0-3, Joree Hokanson 0-3.

Manhattan 17, Thompson Falls 10

Thompson Falls    330 301 0  -  10  10  3

Manhattan           163 133 x  -  17  13  5

Kelsey Frank, Jody Detlaff (4) and Riley Wilson. Claire Nolan, Meagan Elgas (5) and Malia Friese. W - Nolan (1-1). L - Frank.

THOMPSON FALLS - Frank 1-4, Wilson 0-3, Abbigayle Lane 1-4, Belle Cooper 2-3 (2B), Detlaff 3-4, Faith Frields 1-4, Brooke Bowlin 1-4, Izzy Heimer 0-1, Melaina Goodman 1-3.

MANHATTAN (6-2) - Adele Didriksen 2-4 (2 2B), Matilda Dietz 0-2, Daela Didriksen 3-4 (3 3B), Amy Grevious 2-3 (2B), Friese 4-4 (3B), Shayla Shea 2-4 (2B, HR), Natalie Scott 0-2, Casey Elfland 0-4, Abby Kabalin 0-3, Lexi Rasnick 0-1.

Plains-Hot Springs 14, Manhattan 4

Plains                         193 10  -  14  11  1

Manhattan                100 30  -   4    6   9

Kassidy Kinzie, Celsey VonHeeder (4) and Kenzie Angle. Meagan Elgas, Claire Nolan (2) and Daela Didriksen. W - Kinzie. L - Elgas (5-2).

PLAINS - Sydney Jackson 2-4, Sage Jackson 2-3, Skylar Bergstrom 0-0, Dakota Butcher 1-4, Kassidy Kinzie 2-4, Mackenzie Elliott 1-4, Natalie Deschamps 1-3, Madison Elliott 0-3, Izzy Butcher 0-3, Angle 2-4 (2B).

MANHATTAN (6-3) - Adele Didriksen 1-2, Matilda Dietz 1-3, D. Didriksen 0-2, Amy Grevious 1-3, Malia Friese 1-3, Shayla Shea 1-3, Natalie Scott 0-2, Casey Elfland 1-2 (2B), Abby Kabalin 0-1, Lizzie Rasnick 0-1.

Laurel 8, Manhattan 7

Manhattan               300 300 1  -  7  4  3

Laurel                        101 501 x  -  8  9  2

Megan Elgas and Daela Didriksen. P. Nistler, R. Dennis (3) and T. Feller. W - Dennis. L - Elgas. (5-3).

MANHATTAN (6-4) - Adele Didriksen 0-3, Shayl Shea 1-2 (HR), D. Didricksen 0-4, Malia Friese 0-3, Amy Grevious 2-2 (HR), Matilda Dietz 0-3, Natalie Scott 1-2, Casey Elfland 0-1, Elgas 0-3.

LAUREL (5-5) - T. Wommack 2-4, Feller 2-4 (2B), D. Goodwin 1-4 (2B), R. Chapman 1-2, M. Cooney 0-3, B. Chapman 1-3, Nistler 0-1, Dennis 0-2, Z. Thomae 1-1, C. Hein 1-2, M. Moorman 0-0.