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Manchester to World Series

– For the second time in program history, the Manchester men’s baseball team is headed to the NCAA Division III College World Series.

Manchester defeated Marietta 8-5 Saturday to take the championship of the Mideast Regional in Terre Haute.

“There was just never any doubt in our guys eyes from the beginning of the week on,” coach Rick Espeset said, via the Manchester website. “These seniors and the entire team have been working toward this.

“It was great to see this team get this (regional) championship against a fine Marietta program.”

Bryce Murphy, Brad Murphy, Jordan Niemen and Trevor Kimm each had two hits for Manchester (39-5-1), which was outhit 12-11 by Marietta (32-14).

Temujin Sery (3-0) pitched six innings, giving up five runs and 11 hits, while striking out five, for the victory.

“I’m so glad the coaching staff had the faith in me to pitch in this type of game,” said Sery, who made just his fourth start of the year.

“It came down to throwing strikes to (catcher Elliot) Ford today, just like the guys before me. This is an awesome feeling.”

Bryce Murphy got the save, giving up one hit over three innings, while striking out one and walking three.

Manchester had only one extra-base hit, a double from Bryce Murphy. Manchester got four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-4 lead.

Manchester takes its 16-game winning streak to Appleton, Wis., where it will play Friday against Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“Words can’t describe how this feels. It truly is amazing right now. We have been working hard to get here,” said Bryce Murphy, the regional MVP, who hit .471 with four doubles, eight runs, five RBI and three saves in four games.

jcohn@jg.net

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