WABASH – Manchester sophomore Hayes Sturtsman struck out 11 Rochester hitters, allowed no earned runs, had three triples and drove in three runs to lead the Squires’ baseball team to a 13-4 win over Rochester in the opening round of the 2A Wabash Sectional Wednesday.
Janzin Cripe had three hits, Rylie Rickert had a double, a single and drove in three runs, and Zach Hill had three RBIs for Manchester.
Rochester broke out on top with a pair of first-inning runs, then Manchester took control with a six-run fourth frame, highlighted by Rickert’s three-run double.
The 13 runs allowed Manchester to overcome four errors in the game and move on to the next round.
“State tournament time is all about survival, and we are still in it,” Manchester head coach Jack Rupley said. “Hayes was really good on the mound and at the plate tonight. Rylie and Janzin came through at crucial times. We need to clean up our defense to have the opportunity to move on.”
Manchester will take on Lewis-Cass in the semifinals at 10:30 Saturday morning.
MANCHESTER 13, ROCHESTER 4
M    006    302    2    –    13    12    4
R    200    200    0    –    4    5    1
Manchester – Hayes Sturtsman (W, 7IP, 5H, 4R, 0BB, 11K)
2B – Carter Hooks (R), Zach Hill (M)
3B – Rylie Rickert (M), Sturtsman 3 (M)
Records: Manchester 8-15, Rochester 4-18