Wednesday night’s Chanute Post 170 AAA American Legion game turned out to be good work for the senior players.
But good work is all that it was, as the game ended in a 4-4 tie Wednesday evening in Fort Scott — though the game was about to head into extra innings; Fort Scott Post 25 asked Chanute to stop because they had a game at 9 am the next day.
“That wasn’t our choice,” Post 170 AAA head coach Mike Cooper said. “We just decided to put it down as an exhibition. They had a game at 9 am the next morning. We played a nine-inning game and it was going to go into extra innings. They asked us if we mind just calling it and I said ‘that’s fine.’ We got some good work in. It was worth it.”
Despite the game not counting in the record book, the work the players displayed will go a long way heading into their next game, slated for Tuesday.
Mason Manbeck, Alex Krumm and Kam Koester all went 2-for-4, with Manbeck knocking in an RBI. Taylor Lassman was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Overall, the team mustered up eight hits.
Starting pitcher Mason Manbeck (2-2) struck out five, walked four and allowed two earned runs in seven innings. Relieving pitcher Koester struck out four, walked one and didn’t allow any earned runs in two innings.
Extra-inning games are always seesaw games, and this game was no different.
Chanute got on the board first in the top of the first thanks to a Manbeck double to right field, which brought in Jaden Costin for a quick 1-0 lead. Alex Krumm then capped off the inning with a fly ball to center field, which was registered as an error to allow Manbeck to score for the second run of the inning.
An RBI single and an error, however, led to Fort Scott taking the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second.
Playing into a microcosm of the summer league season — the ability to manufacture runs and perform fundamentals — Matthew Vail sacrifice bunted, allowing Krumm to tie the game at 3 apiece in the top of the fourth.
An inning later in the bottom of the fifth, Fort Scott took the lead back after a fielder’s choice.
Still, Chanute showed a willingness to “never say die.” After Krumm and Koester both singled to end up on first and second respectively in the top of the ninth, Taylor Lassman RBI singled, which brought in Krumm to tie the game at 4.
Starting Fort Scott pitcher Drake LaRoche then induced two strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning.
Fort Scott did have a chance to win the game, but Koester induced two strikeouts and a groundout, and that’s when Fort Scott asked Chanute to call the game.
“Pitching was pretty good. Mason Manbeck threw a hell of a game; his command was spot on,” Cooper said. “And Kam Koester came in. They both threw exceptionally well. We batted the ball a little bit around. Guys were starting to make fewer and fewer mistakes (two errors for Chanute compared to Fort Scott’s four), which is key, especially this time of year. Ottawa and this one, we played a lot better ball.”
Fort Scott’s LaRoche struck out seven, walked two and gave up three earned runs in nine innings of work. His team hit eight times as a unit.
Next up for Chanute Post 170 AAA (12-9) will be Pittsburg 6 pm, Tuesday at Katy Park.