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Lasers go 4-3 in Kansas City

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 18-and-under Lasers softball team recorded a 4-3 record in the ASA Heartland World Series in Kansas City this past weekend.

Manhattan opened play with a 4-0 victory over the Lawrence Phenix-Fyler. Blair Campbell tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out four and walking none. Bre Foster, Allie Massanet, Bri Womack, Suzanna Gevock, Megan Thompson, and Mariah Stringfield all had hits for the Lasers.

The Lasers next rolled to a 10-1 win over the Kansas City Storm. Paige Divine and Foster paced the Lasers’ attack with two hits apiece, while Womack and Campbell belted doubles. Aubrey Jung scattered three hits and struck out seven in logging the victory.

The Lasers continued their hot hitting in a 9-2 defeat of the KC Patriots. Foster, Campbell, Massanet and Gevock each chipped in two hits, and Campbell notched the pitching victory.

Manhattan’s streak was then halted by the Lawrence Phenix 94. Jung, Campbell, Womack had the only hits in the 4-1 loss.

The Lasers began bracket play with an impressive 14-2 defeat of the Olathe Vipers in a game shortened to three innings by the mercy rule. Bailey Elliott, Jung, Gevock and Campbell all had multi-hit games, with Jung and Gevock driving in three runs apiece.

The NEMO Xtreme then defeated the Lasers 7-1, despite a pair of doubles from Elliott and Kylie Smith’s RBI triple. Kayla Lough and Campbell also had hits in the losing effort.

Manhattan was then eliminated in a rematch with the Lawrence Phenix 94, losing 12-5. Foster, Campbell, and Jung had hits for the Lasers, while Smith added three hits, including her second triple in as many games.

The Lasers finished their rain-shortened season with a 22-17 overall record.

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