It was an unusual start to Leavenworth’s American Legion AAA Zone Tournament on Monday.
Slated to meet the LV Diamond Jaxx in the opening round of the competition, Geiger Ready-Mix failed to field a complete squad. The result was a forfeit by Geiger, which pushed the team into today’s elimination match against Atchison at 6 p.m.
On the other side of the diamond, the Jaxx moved on to the winner’s bracket, pitting them against Manhattan tonight at 8 p.m.
Both games will be held at Sportsfield.
Tonight’s matchups were decided following Manhattan’s 19-9 win over Atchison on Monday where, through the first four innings, Manhattan had built up a 13-run advantage.
However, Atchison began to chip away and with seven runs in the fifth, kept its hopes for victory alive. The team then cut the deficit to 13-9 in the sixth before a six-run seventh by Manhattan secured the result.
Atchison must now defeat Geiger to sustain its zone title aspirations while Manhattan will square up against the Jaxx for an automatic bid into Wednesday’s finale.