A five-run fifth inning helped propel Manhattan to a 13-3 win over the Winfield Warriors in the first round of the Kansas AAA American Legion State baseball tournament Wednesday at JayCee Ballpark.

A five-run fifth inning helped propel Manhattan to a 13-3 win over the Winfield Warriors in the first round of the Kansas AAA American Legion State baseball tournament Wednesday at JayCee Ballpark.
And they did it timely hits — including three home runs — in the run-rule game.
“We can play a little bit,” said Manhattan head coach Luke Snyder. “It is important to put the ball in play and let the defense work.
On the other hand, the Warriors were not so patient at the plate, recording just three runs on seven hits and leaving eight base runners stranded.
“We just did not hit with men on the bases,” said Winfield head coach Kerry Bailey. “I didn’t think we were aggressive enough.”
After giving up a leadoff single to Brandon Hoefler, Winfield starting pitcher Devon Brogan gave up just one more hit in the first — an RBI single to Matt Chalfont — but retired the side before more damage could be done.
The Warriors seemed to respond in the second when Kendall Delp led off with a single up the left side of the infield.
With two outs in the inning, Randall Campbell reached on a throwing error by Manhattan third baseman Luke Slagle, then Brogan followed with a single to load the bases. But Winfield left the bases loaded after Derek Brogan struck out to end the inning.
“If you can’t push runners, you are in trouble,” Kerry Bailey said. “A lot of times we had two on with two outs and we didn’t execute deep in the at-bat.”
The Warriors got on the board in the third when Joe Vargas hit a sharp grounder to short. Derek Francis tried to wheel around and throw out Tanner Bailey at third but overthrew, allowing Bailey to score, tying the game, 1-1.
Manhattan mounted a run in the fourth inning when Slagle drilled a triple that bounced off the top of the left-field wall back onto the field. After Tyler Motley drew a walk, Mike McDiffitt hit an RBI single into right field.
Motley scored on a wild pitch but the Warriors saved a run when Delp picked up a grounder from Francis and threw McDiffitt out at home. Another wild pitch allowed Hoefler to score from third, putting Manhattan up 4-1.
That prompted a pitching change for Winfield — to Tate Blanton — but, Blanton promptly gave up a two-run double to Garrett Hess that extended Manhattan’s lead to 6-1.
“We did a very good job hitting early in the count,” Snyder said.
Ryan Wilkinson blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to lead off the inning for Manhattan.
Manhattan tried to extend further when McDiffitt drilled a line drive into shallow right field. As Slagle rounded third to score, Winfield right fielder Eric Faust relayed a throw to Blanton, who turned and threw Slagle out at home for the first out of the inning.
Blanton was able to help himself in the sixth when he connected on an RBI double that hit the right-field wall and scored Randall Campbell.
In the seventh, Winfield got a little more redemption when Bailey led off the inning with a home run over the right-field fence off reliever Cesar Brown.
Hess and Kyle Speer hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh to put Manhattan up 11-3.

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Kansas AAA American Legion State Tournament
at JayCee Ballpark
Wednesday, July 29
Game three
Manhattan 13, Winfield 3
Winfield    001 001 1 — 3 7 3
Manhattan    100 520 5 ‚ 13 10 2
Devon Brogan, Tate Blanton (4), Kendall Delp (6) and Kevin Meyer. Alec Giambrone, Cesar Brown (7) and Mike McDiffitt. WP — Giambrone (1-0). LP — Brogan (0-1). E — Ceth Bannister 2, Tanner Bailey; Luke Slagle, Derek Francis. LOB — Winfield 8, Manhattan 10. 2B — Blanton; Garrett Hess, Matt Chalfont, Slagle. HR — Bailey; Ryan Wilkinson, Garrett Hess, Kyle Speer. SB — Bailey; Brandon Hoefler. CS — Hoefler