The 14-and-under Manhattan Optimist Lady Indians posted a fifth-place finish after compiling a 4-4 record at the USSSA Memorial Day National Invitational Tournament this past weekend in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
The Lady Indians opened pool play with a 4-2 loss to the St. Joe’s Trojanette’s ‘99’s — the eventual tourney runnerups. Playing in extra innings at 2-2, the St. Joe team got the first two runners on in the sixth with bloop singles and plated them both.
Amber Hildebrand took the loss in the complete-game effort, while Kenzie Smith plated both Indian runs with a single in the third.
The Lady Indians got their first win of the season in the second pool game — defeating the Nebraska Fury/Chronic 4-1. Chelsey Henry got the win, going five innings, with Carly Bodenhausen getting the save with three straight outs in the sixth.
The Lady Indians then lost to the Toxic (Topeka) 8-2 and finished pool play at 2-2 with a 10-5 victory over the Kansas City A’s.
After securing the fourth seed out of the pool, the Lady Indians opened bracket play against the Nebraska Fury/Nixon club. After getting the game tied 2-2 in the second on a Hunter York double and two wild pitches, the Lady Indians couldn’t muster any additional runs as they fell into the loser’s bracket with a 5-2 loss.
The Lady Indians then won the first loser’s bracket game against the Nebraska Fury/Chronic 9-7, a game that was highlighted by a catch by Henry in the right center gap resulting in triple play, and Ayanna Gamble’s fifth career home run.
The offense then got rolling against the Nebraska Swingers in a 12-3 victory before the team’s 7-3 elimination by the Oklahoma Diamond Girls, the eventual tournament champion.
The Lady Indians are now 4-4 on the season and will play this weekend at the ASA Hall of Fame/ASA USA National Qualifier in Independence, Mo.
Team members include Josie Hilgers, Smith, Haleigh Harper, Gamble, Hildebrand, York, Hadley Thyfault, Henry, Kayla Johnson, Bodenhausen, Maddi Shaneyfelt and Alex Rogers.