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Optimist Aftershock takes 7th

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 14-and-under Aftershock softball team finished in seventh place this past weekend at the Mo-Kan USSSA C state tournament in Basehor. 

The Aftershock’s only losses were against the winner and runner-up in the tournament. Friday night, the Aftershock faced the KC Edge and won 7-4.  Jayden Weers was the winning pitcher and Ashley Faiola was behind the plate.  The leading hitter was Alex Rogers, who had a double and a single.  Singles were offered up by Faiola, Weers, Emily Brummett, Kayla Marienau and Alee Buss.

On Saturday morning, Council Grove’s Flint Hills Wind — the eventual tournament winner — defeated the Aftershock, 9-1. Faiola took the pitching loss with relief from Weers and Michaela Hays. Olivia Lee caught the game.  Faiola had a home run and a single. Brummett added a single.

The Aftershock rebounded in their next game, defeating KC Power 10-9. Weers got the win in one of her best outings of the summer, while adding a double and single at the plate.  Faiola was behind the dish and hit her second home run of the tournament. Brummett had two singles and Buss added a single.

The Trenton Twisters came away with a 5-2 win over the Aftershock in the final game of the weekend. The Twisters went on to finish second in the tournament.  Hays took the loss in the circle with Lee catching. Weers pitched in relief with another great game, but there wasn’t enough hitting behind her to pull out the victory. 

Weers had two doubles, while Lee added a single and a double. Brummett doubled and Faiola had a single. 

The Aftershock is now 11-13-1 on the season.

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