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Lady Indians go 5-1

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 14-and-under Lady Indians posted a 5-1 record in the rain-shortened ASA Memorial Day Invitational in Olathe this past weekend.

The tournament was scheduled to run through Monday, but lightning and rain washed away Monday’s bracket play. The Lady Indians were winners of Pool C and were one of four No. 1 seeds entering bracket play.

In pool play, the Indians opened with a 9-2 win over the Kearney (Neb.) Krush, highlighted by a 195-foot home run by Ayanna Gamble — the first over-the-fence homer of her career. Amber Hildebrand handcuffed the Krush, going the distance from the circle.

Hana Tamura then pitched back-to-back shutouts, beating the Clinton (Mo.) Crush 1-0, and the Desire (Kansas City) 5-0. The Lady Indians then dropped a hard-fought 7-6 game to the Blue Valley (Kan.) Inferno, before beating the Crimson and Blue (Kansas City) 11-4, and getting a 7-0 forfeit win against the Blue Flames.

The ASA Memorial Day Invitational featured Class A and B teams in 10 divisions.

The Lady Indians are now 20-1 on the season, and will next play at the “Bite Outta the Lil’ Apple” tournament on June 8-9.

Members of the team include Emma Faulkner, Gamble, Haleigh Harper, Hildebrand, Josie Hilgers, Chelsey Henry, Cara Melgares, Maddi Shaneyfelt, Kenzie Smith, Tamura and Abby Whitney.

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