Over the weekend, the Manhattan Optimist Lasers 18-and-under fast pitch softball team recorded five wins and three losses and finished in a tie for seventh place in a very competitive 17 team tournament in Kansas City.
The Lasers opened pool play Saturday evening with a 2-0 shutout of the Lawrence Phenix. Kylie Rupe and Megan Srna each doubled to lead the way on offense. Aubrey Jung was in the circle for the Lasers limiting the Phenix to two hits while striking out six.
Later Saturday evening in their second pool play contest the Lasers beat the Gardner Patriots 13-3. Jung hit safely three times including two doubles to lead the ten hit. Rupe added two hits and four RBIs while Srna and Blair Campbell had two hits each. Ashley Hageman was the pitcher of record.
In their third pool play game on Sunday morning the Lasers lost a 2-1 decision to the Ottawa Competitive Edge. Srna and Campbell got the Lasers’ only two hits. Campbell tossed a four-hitter and struck out four. The Lasers then finished pool play with a 7-2 victory over the Unleashed out of Mitchell, South Dakota. Rupe had two hits including a double. Katie Hodges held the Unleashed to three hits.
The Lasers lost their first game in double-elimination bracket play game 9-5 to the Brookfield Missouri Blues. Rupe and Wren Michaels each knocked in a pair of runs. Jung was in the circle for the Lasers.
Facing elimination Sunday evening, the Lasers stopped the Topeka Ruffnecks by a score of 11-4. Michaels hit safely twice to lead the Lasers’ seven-run attack. Campbell, Jung and Hodges shared the pitching duties.
Hodges tossed a three-hitter versus the Grand Island Nebraska Scorpions in the Lasers’ early Monday morning contest. Emmalee Chrest and Rupe both doubled as the Lasers pushed across the winning run in extra innings.
In their next contest Jung and Srna recorded the Lasers’ only two hits as they were shut out 3-0 in a rematch with the Unleashed and eliminated from the tournament. Campbell took the pitching loss while striking out seven.
For the weekend Hodges, Campbell, Jung and Hageman split the pitching duties. Jung and Rupe led the way on offense with eight hits each. Campbell added five hits and Michaels hit safely four times.
The Lasers will next be in action this weekend in Topeka.