Optimist Aftershock compete in Topeka

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist Aftershock played in the Shawnee Slugfest in Topeka over the weekend. This tournament included both 16- and 18-year-old teams.

The first opponent for Aftershock was the 18-U Topeka Pride. Pride won the rain-interrupted game, 17-2. Grace Suther took the loss and Ashley Faiola was behind the plate. Makayla Tegtmeier and Olivia Lee pitched in relief and Mikayla Winter caught. Tia Wood smashed a double and Winter had a single for the team’s only offense.

The next pool play game was against the Topeka Xtreme. Lack of offense proved to be the downfall for the Aftershock again, losing 7-4. Suther pitched with Faiola catching. Emily Brummett and Maleah Sandy singled and Maddie Rogers bashed a double for the team’s only hits.

Bracket play began with a loss to a very good Topeka Hustle team, 8-0. Tegtmeier got the loss with Faiola catching again. Jayden Weers and Suther pitched in relief. Brummett singled and Kali Crome belted a triple.

Topeka Havoc was the next opponent, and the offense showed up early and gave Tegtmeier the win with Suther finishing the game. Faiola was behind the plate. Faiola and Winter each singled, while Alyssa Sias slammed a triple. Emily Brummett singled and doubled, while Weers had two doubles and Lee had two singles.

The Aftershock faced the 18-U Topeka Pride again in a very hard-fought game, falling 8-7. Tegtmeier took the loss on the mound with relief from Suther, while Faiola completed the battery. Rogers had two singles and a double, Kali Crome had a single and a double. Faiola, Brummett, Weers and Wood singled and Tegtmeier added a double.

The Aftershock are now 10-17 on the season and play this weekend in Lincoln, Neb.

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