The Salina Stockade may only have 11-wins this season, but they seem like the 27 Yankees to the Cleburne Railroaders. Five of those wins have been against the Railroaders heading into Saturday night’s contest, and that number became six after Troy Mannebach and Tyler Herr combined to blank Cleburne, the second shutout of the season for the Stockade.
The Salina Stockade took the lead in the top of the first. Roche Woodard led off the game by clubbing a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall for his fifth homer of the year. That made it 1-0.
In the seventh, the Stockade extended their lead to two. Logan Trowbridge started off the inning by drawing a walk. He then stole second and scored on a base hit by Jesse Baker to make it 2-0.
Troy Mannebach started for Salina and he pitched a brilliant game. The left-hander walked two in the first inning, and then did not walk another batter in his 6.2-innings of work. He gave up two hits in the second, then allowed two hits combined over the next four innings in his best outing of the season.
In the seventh he gave up a one out hit. He then retired the next batter before his evening was over. Troy Mannebach (2-4) allowed 6-hits, 2-walks and no runs in 6.2-innings. He struck out one. Tyler Herr came on and retired the final batter of the inning to finish it off.
Herr would pitch the final 2.1-innings of the game. He did not allow a runner to reach during his time on the hill to earn his fifth save of the season.
Roche Woodard led the Salina Stockade, going 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Jesse Baker finished 3-4 with an RBI. Cleburne got two hits from both Axel Johnson and Mitch Abeita, who combined to record four of the team’s five hits.
By Robert Pannier