Moxie places second in USSSA tournament

By The Mercury

In a tournament of 19, the Manhattan Optimist Moxie placed second and went 6-2 on the weekend at the USSSA state tournament.

In the opener Friday night, the Moxie squared off with the Wichita Lady Reds and won, 7-1. 

The Moxie managed eight hits, two doubles from Shannon Caffrey, a triple from Linsey Kramer and a double and single from Abbie Plummer. Megan Srna and Brynn Hammett each singled.

Hammett earned the win, allowing only four hits and striking out two. 

The Moxie advanced to Saturday’s game against the Cheney Lady Lightning team and won 7-0. The Moxie had a six-run third inning that ignited the win. Hammett and Srna each doubled, while Kramer, Plummer, Caffrey, Mariah Kinderknecht and Blair Campbell each singled. 

Campbell earned the win from the circle, pitching effectively allowing only four hits. 

On Sunday morning with four teams remaining, the Moxie dropped their first game to the Frenzy in a 2-1 battle. The Moxie managed four hits, with two from Caffrey. Campbell took the loss. 

The Moxie faced off with the SEK Sluggers and won 2-0. Brynn Hammett earned the win with six strikeouts, allowing only four hits. Campbell pitched in relief in the final two SEK battters.

Abbie Plummer went 2 for 3 and scored the two Moxie runs from singles from teammates Caffrey and Hammett.

The Moxie then played the Topeka Heat, winning 7-2. Campbell earned the win, striking out five. Caffrey hit a home run and Hammett doubled.

In their fourth game of the day, the Moxie avenged an earlier loss to the Frenzy, winning 8-2. Kayla Boltz went 2 for 2 with two doubles, Srna went 2 for 2, Alexis Campuzano went 2 for 2 and Plummer singled. 

This win put the Moxie into the first of two championship games against the SEK Landsharks who were undefeated, and had previously been state champions. 

The Moxie won the game 6-5, despite trailing 4-0 after the first inning. Caffrey went 3 for 4, Campbell went 2 for 4. 

Manhattan held its own in the second championship game and led until the fifth when the game was tied, but eventually lost 10-7.

Hammett took the loss, while Campbell pitched in the seventh. Plummer and Campbell each doubled, while Caffrey went 2 for 4. Hammett, Srna, Hemmert and Kinderknecht each singled. 

The Moxie finished their season with a 26-11-2 record.

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