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Moxie travels to Wichita for tournament

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist Moxie had a rough outing this past weekend in the third Annual Xtreme Showdown played at Two Rivers Youth Complex in Wichita, going 0-3-1.

The rain altered the pool play schedule on Saturday. Moxie ended its first pool play game in a tie with the Lady Lightning from Cheney, 6-6.

Down 6-0 for most of the game, Moxie made it exciting in the bottom of the fifth and final inning. Miranda Hemmert had two of the team’s seven hits, including a double, while Blair Campbell notched two RBIs and Linsey Kramer doubled.

Brynn Hammett and Shannon Caffrey split the pitching duties, striking out two and one, respectively.

In the second game of pool play, Moxie faced the Salt City Crush, losing 7-4. Moxie struggled offensively and had some defensive miscues. Hammett doubled, Alexis Campuzano, Mariah Kinderknecht and Megan Srna each singled in the game. RBI’s came from Campuzano, Hammett and Alexis McCormick.

Campbell pitched, allowing six hits, striking out three, while giving up only two earned runs in the loss.

In the final pool play game, Moxie could only muster five hits and dropped a 9-1 contest to the Salina Stealth. Campbell, Caffrey and Hammett each pitched a third of the game, but none could stop the Stealth.

Offensively, Kramer, Caffrey, Kinderknecht and Hemmert each singled, while Hammett added a double.

Seeded last in their pool, Moxie faced the No. 2-seed Butler County Xtreme for the first game in bracket play on Sunday. Moxie got down early, 4-0, but rallied late to make the final score of their final game of the tournament, 4-2.

Despite the efforts of Srna, who went 2 for 2 and scored a run, Moxie could not generate much offensively. Hammett, Kayla Boltz and Caffrey (double) each had hits.

Hammett suffered the loss giving up seven hits in four innings pitched, while Campbell threw two scoreless innings in relief.

“We had such a strong showing last weekend in KC, it’s disappointing to play so dismal, and without much offense,” head coach Jeri Brummett said. “Defeat hopefully will bring a lesson and give us a chance to refocus, and start again for the next two weekends with different intentions and results.”

Moxie will play in Lincoln, Neb., for the Firecracker NIT over the fourth of July weekend, and then finish the 2014 summer season the following weekend at USSSA State in Kansas City. Moxie is now 14-7-2 on the summer.

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