Monarchs play in Topeka tournament



The Manhattan Optimist Monarchs 12-and-Uunder softball team competed in the Cap City Showdown in Topeka over the weekend, compiling a 1-4 record.

The Monarchs opened pool play with an 11-4 loss to the Topeka Electric Storm. Clara Carter led the Monarch attack with two singles and two runs scored, while Grayce Morrison, Kelsey Coonroad, and Lindsey Wilson also had hits.

The Monarchs followed with a loss to the Whiplash by an identical 11-4 score. Morrison had two hits, and Wilson, Taylor Ryker, and Abby Faulkner chipped in singles as well.

The Monarchs concluded pool play with a 12-1 defeat at the hands of the Riley Rebels. Carter had another multi-hit game, and Wilson drove in the Monarchs’ only run with a sharp single to centerfield. Blythe Wickstrum made her pitching debut for the Monarchs, striking out one in two innings of work.

The Monarchs began bracket play on Sunday morning with a convincing run-rule victory over the Topeka Delta Demons, 12-0. Ellie Hacker drove in a pair of runs with a long double, Ryker belted out two hits, and Wilson, Carter, Morrison, Coonrod, and Abigail Chainey contributed singles as well. Morgan Wesley and Mckale Stockebrand both reached twice on walks and scored. McKenzie Davis drove in the final run with a walk-off line drive up the first base line. Wilson threw a no-hitter, striking out five, to record the complete-game shutout victory.

The Monarchs closed out the tournament with a 15-2 loss to the Topeka Blizzard Storm. Wilson and Ryker had the hits and scored the runs for the Monarchs.The Monarchs’ season record stands at 1-13, and the team will next compete this coming weekend in Manhattan and Wamego.

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