by Gary Andrews
The Manchester baseball team got on the winning path by taking a double header from LaVille Saturday. The Squires won game one 7-5 in eight innings, then bounced back to take game two 8-5 in eight innings.
In game one, the Squires picked up two runs in the third. Jurgin Cripe singled and was followed by a Thad Miller walk. Cody Harlan walked to load the bases when Evan Olinger walked to bring home a run. Branden Scott then drove home the second run.
In the fourth, Jake Semler singled, followed by a Cripe walk. Harlan singled to load the bases for a second time with Olinger and Scott driving home runs.
In the sixth, Thad Miller reached on an error, Olinger singling and Scott walking to load the bases. Jim Sainsbury walked to force the fifth Squire run home.
In the eighth, Miller singled and was brought home on an Evan Olinger double. Sainsbury double home Olinger as the Squires held on to win game one 7-5.
Evan Olinger got the win on the mound in relief.
Evan Olinger had three hits, three RBIs. Cody Harlan had two hits. Jim Sainsbury had one hit, two RBIs. Jake Semler, Thad Miller and Jurgin Cripe had one hit each. Branden Scott had two RBIs.
Manchester left nine runners on base.
In game two, the Squires manufactured a run in the second to lead 1-0. LaVille scored two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead before the Squires would strike in the fourth. Jurgin Cripe singled and was followed by a Phoenix Goad double to put runners on second and third. Evan Olinger would double home both runners and the Squires had the lead back at 3-2.
Manchester would add another run in the fifth. Aided by a couple fielder's choice plays from LaVille, Jurgin Cripe scored to make it 4-2. LaVille would knot the score at 4 in the bottom of the inning.
Neither team would score in the 6th, while both team put a run on the board in the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, the Squires would seal the win. Branden Scott singled and was followed by a Jim Sainsbury single. After a sac bunt by Justin Lewis, Thad Miller singled home two runs to make it 7-5. Evan Milam then hit an RBI fly ball to drive in the 8th run as the Squires swept the double header.
Thad Miller had three hits, two RBIs. Phoenix Goad had three hits. Evan Olinger had two hits, two RBIs. Branden Scott & Jim Sainsbury had two hits each. Evan Milam had one hit, two RBIs. Jurgin Cripe had one hit.
Evan Milam picked up his second win on the mound.
"Nice to get two wins heading to sectional. Kids did a real good job battling through some tough situations where we had the lead and lost it and come back. Great team effort,” said Coach Rupley.