Moxie takes third

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 18-and-under Moxie went 8-2 and finished third in the Summer Smash in Kansas City last weekend.

The Moxie opened the weekend on Friday night with a game against the Columbia Rockers, winning 14-0. Brynn Hammett was a dual threat going 2 for 2 and pitching for the shut-out win while striking out 10. Alexis Campuzano had two doubles as Moxie combined for 11 hits in the blowout win. 

Manhattan turned around and played the Topeka Zone, winning a close game 3-2. The Moxie collected eight hits, including Kayla Boltz’s double that drove home two runs in the first. Blair Campbell earned the win, striking out six. 

On Saturday, the Moxie won both pool play games and finished 4-0 in pool play.  The first of those games was a 10-3 win over KC Fire. Moxie belted out 15 hits with Linsey Kramer, Mariah Kinderknecht, Shannon Caffrey, Boltz and Hammett each having a multiple-hit game. Campbell pitched for the win.

In the last pool play game, the Moxie faced the Mustang Stampede and won, 10-4. Moxie had 11 hits, while Hammett earned the win. 

As the No. 1 seed in bracket play, the Moxie was pitted against the Minneapolis (Minn.) Heat.  The Moxie lost, 6-4. Alexis Campuzano had two hits including a home run, while Kayla Boltz also had two hits and a double. Campbell had five strikeouts in the loss. 

Sunday’s bracket play continued for the Moxie in the double-elimination tournament, starting with a 5-0 win over KC Fire. The Moxie had 10 hits and Hammett won, striking out five.

The Moxie then beat the Ruffnecks, 10-5. Campuzano went 4 for 4 and Boltz doubled twice. Campbell earned the win.

Manhattan then defeated the Topeka Toxic, 9-5. Hammett went 3 for 3 and Kinderknecht was 2 for 2. Campbell got the win.

The Moxie faced off with the Minneapolis Heat again, this time winning 9-5. Caffrey, Plummer, Campuzano and Wilson each notched two hits apiece. Hammett earned the win with Caffrey and Campbell each pitching in the final inning. 

In the final game for the Moxie, the team lost to the Topeka Stingers, 5-4.

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