Lasers second at Topeka tournament

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist Lasers 18-and-under fastpitch softball team went 4-1 over the weekend to finish second in the Capitol City Showdown in Topeka. 

The Lasers opened pool play on Saturday by overcoming an early five-run deficit to defeat the Topeka Splash 13-5. 

Aubrey Jung led the way on offense with three hits, including two doubles and four RBIs.  Breanna Foster added three hits and Katie Hodges chipped in two hits.  Hodges was in the circle for the Lasers, striking out five. 

In their second Saturday pool play contest the Lasers beat the Topeka Crush 3-2. Blair Campbell was the winning pitcher with relief help from Hodges. 

In their final pool play game on Saturday, the Lasers rolled over the Lawrence Hummers 11-1. Wren Michaels hit safely three times, while Jung and Emmalee Chrest added two hits each.  Jung tossed a two-hitter. 

The Lasers drew a first-round bye in Sunday bracket play and then staged a last-inning comeback from a three-run deficit to defeat the Topeka Crush 4-3. 

Down 3-0 in their final at-bat, Chrest coaxed a walk, followed by back-to-back singles by Alex Perez and Paige Divine. Foster then knocked in the Lasers’ first run with a sacrifice fly. 

Two outs later, Jung tied the game with a two-run single and Megan Srna knocked in the winning run in walk-off fashion.  Jung had three hits and Divine added two hits. Hodges recorded the win in relief of Campbell.

The Lasers were not so fortunate in their championship rematch with the Topeka Splash, as the Splash overcame a 2-1 deficit in their final at-bat to defeat the Lasers 5-2. Jung went the distance for the Lasers in the circle.

For the weekend, Hodges, Campbell and Jung split the pitching duties. Jung led the way on offense with 10 hits.  Foster and Chrest added five hits each. 

The Lasers are 9-4 this season and play this weekend at Twin Oaks in Manhattan.

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