The Manhattan Optimist 18-and-under Lasers softball team earned a 2-1 record in pool play at the “Take a Bite Outta the Lil Apple” Tournament in Wamego this weekend.
Manhattan tied for second in pool play, but Sunday’s single-elimination bracket play was cancelled because of poor field conditions at Twin Oaks.
The Lasers scored early in the pool play opener against the Topeka Ruffnecks. Bre Foster opened the game with a slap single, Kylie Smith worked the pitcher for a walk, and then Paige Divine doubled both runners home for a 2-0 lead.
Manhattan added another pair of runs in the third on a rally fueled by singles from Megan Thompson and Smith. The Lasers then added another two runs in the fifth when Mariah Stringfield and Kayla Lough reached safely and scored on a two-out flare to short left by Smith.
Blair Campbell went the distance in the circle for the Lasers, allowing two hits and striking out six to record the 6-1 victory.
The Lasers lost the next game to the Kansas Classics, 10-2. Campbell and Bri Womack drove in the Lasers’ runs, while Aubrey Jung took the loss, despite striking out seven and allowing only two earned runs.
The Lasers finished pool play with a 9-6 win over the NCK Sharks. Carly Gassman paced the offense with two hits. Campbell earned her second pitching victory of the day by striking out three and allowing five hits.
Manhattan’s record now stands at 11-4. The Lasers will compete this coming weekend in the Father’s Day NIT Tournament at Lake Shawnee in Topeka.