Manhattan Optimist Sting takes second

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist Sting traveled to Topeka for their first tournament and placed second in the Capitol City Showdown 18-and-under class A division.

In the first game of pool play against the Topeka Thunder, Sydney Bannister led the team to a 3-0 win by striking out 13 batters. Jordan Ummel came in to close the seventh inning with two more strikeouts.

Ummel hit a home run with Lindsey Hageman recording a double. Madi Fief, Alex Perez, and Jennifer Griffitt each with a single.

In Game 2 against the Topeka Ice Storm, Ummel pitched a complete game for a 2-1 win, recording six strikeouts, while only allowing two walks and four hits. Hageman had a triple and a single with Kerrigan Simons and Abby Whitney adding singles.

The final pool game against the Topeka Zone resulted in a 10-0 loss with Hageman and Bannister sharing the pitching. Simons and Whitney each had a single.

The Sting earned a second-seed bye in bracket play on Sunday. In the semifinal game, the Sting won 9-1 against the Topeka Thunderstorm with Ummel and Cierra Lesperence sharing the pitching duties with five strikeouts, four hits and two walks. Lesperence had a home run with Ummel, Simons, Fief, and Griffitt each with two hits and Whitney and Talor Prockish adding singles.

The championship game against the Ice Storm was a close battle ending in a 6-5 loss for the Sting. Ummel pitched the complete game with six strikeouts. Ummel led the way on offense with three singles, Fief added two singles and Perez, Griffitt, Whitney and Katelin Hoefler with singles. 

Also playing in the championship game was Caitlyn Claussen, leaving the game early with an injury.

Coaching the Sting is Grant Bannister, Greg Fief, Russ Simons, and Ron Hageman. The Sting will be playing this weekend in Manhattan.

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