The Bullets were in Topeka to compete in the Cap City Showdown this past weekend. The tournament featured an extended play format from the standard 70-minute time limit.
Bullet pitcher Alex Hoelscher handled the first game of the tournament nicely in an 8-3 win over the Lunachix. Hoelscher struck out 9 batters and scored two runs to help her cause. Savanna Cavanaugh scored two runs and Raegan Wilcoxson drove in two RBIs to help power the offense.
Hoelscher suffered an injury in the last inning of the game and had to withdraw from play for the remainder of the tournament, leaving the team without any experienced pitchers.
It fell upon Bullet team members specialized in other areas of play to provide the pitching needed to continue to compete. Outfielder Meg Auten stepped in to pitch a complete game, and notch a win for the team against the Lecompton Cyclones, 14-7. The entire team backed her efforts by scoring 12 of the 14 runs in the first inning.
Moving players around to provide pitching normally handled by starters would prove to be demanding on the defense. Errors not normal to play would be the difference against the Topeka Storm-Cyclones. The Bullets rallied while down 11-6 to load the bases in the final inning. However, the team was unable move any runners.
The Bullets would next lose a tough one to the Diamond Gems II 8-4. The Bullets came back from being down 3-0 to tie after six innings. However, the Gems would continue to pressure the defense and the errors created led to the run difference. The loss placed the Bullets fourth for the event.
Wilcoxson and Cavanaugh led the team in offense with six hits and six runs each. Gabi Nelms and Auten would add four of their own. Mady Trujillo, Malary Tajchman, Wilcoxson, and Cavanaugh would tie for most RBIs.
The Optimist Bullets are Trujillo, Rachel Duer, Ashlynn Bledsoe, Tajchman, Allie Jo Hiatt, Giselle Thirakul, Hoelscher, Cavanaugh, Gabrielle Nelms, Wilcoxson, and Auten.