The Manhattan Optimist Lady Indians 12-and-under softball team split a pair of games on Saturday before overnight rains washed out the weekend’s Wamego Spring Spectacular tournament.
Amber Hildebrand threw a four-inning, three-hit gem as the Optimist Lady Indians downed the Clay Center B’s 3-2 in a Saturday afternoon game. Cara Melgares’ single in the top of the fourth inning drove in Abby Whitney with the eventual winning run.
In the bottom of the fourth, Melgares threw out a B’s runner attempting to steal second, then third baseman Ayanna Gamble snagged a line drive near the baseline for the second out. Second baseman Kenzie Smith then sealed the game with an exciting, running catch of a floating fly ball near the firstbase line.
Courtney Sanders and Josie Hilgers also picked up RBI in the game for the Optimist Lady Indians, who improved their spring season record to 6-1.
Earlier Saturday, the Lady Indians dropped a 5-2 decision to the Lightning Storm, a 14-year-old team from Topeka. The squad jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, but errors in the second and fourth innings were costly in the defeat.
Tournament play was expected to be completed on Sunday, but early-morning rains forced cancellation.
Members of the Lady Indians squad include Gamble, Haleigh Harper, Chelsey Henry, Hildebrand, Hilgers, Melgares, Hana Tamura, Sanders, Maddi Shaneyfelt, Smith and Whitney.
The team’s next tournament will be the Twin Oaks Open at Anneberg Park on May 12-13.