After losing to the Andover Jaguars in the second round of the American Legion Single A State Baseball Tournament, Manhattan Manko roared through the losers bracket to reach the championship game.


After losing to the Andover Jaguars in the second round of the American Legion Single A State Baseball Tournament, Manhattan Manko roared through the losers bracket to reach the championship game.
Manko then Andover in two straight games, including a 5-1 win Tuesday at  Stanion Field that made them state champions.
Manhattan broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fourth and added two more runs in the fifth for a 4-0 lead.
Andover got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as they got a leadoff double from Jason Axtell, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Page.
Manko got a double play to end the inning up 4-1, then added a run in the sixth for a 5-1 edge.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Jaguars started to rally as Josh Bikus drew a walk, then Jack Gentry singled. Gentry was thrown out on a fielders choice, but Corey Sharon walked to give Andover two baserunners.
The threat ended as Axtell grounded into a double play to end the inning.
After a scoreless seventh, the game ended with Manko on top, 5-1.
Bikus received the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award, while Manhattan’s Garrett Hess took the batting title.