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Optimist Bullets play in JuneBUG JAM

By The Mercury

The Optimist 12-and-under Bullets competed in the NIT JuneBUG JAM this past weekend in Beatrice, Neb.  The Bullets were one of more than 20 teams 12U open division.  The team went 3-2 on the tournament to finish in fifth place.

The first game of pool play was against the Cobras, but the Bullets were slow to get started on both sides and lost 7-4.

The Bullets would come back from a rain delay with three straight victories.  Bullets pitcher Rachel Duer and her defensive teammates would hold the Auburn Adrenaline to only one run, while Mady Trujillo, Alex Hoelscher, Giselle Thirakul and Rachel Allen would score runs to help win the game 4-1. 

The Bullets would then defeat the Beatrice Diamonds 12-0. Hoelscher was one walk away from being perfect in the circle. Hailey Franson, Breanna Schroeder, AshlynnBledsoe and Rachel Duer would score two runs each in a game that was not as easy as the score would indicate.

The Bullets would finish the day against the Lady Dominators Wolf.  Allen struck out 11 batters in the game.  For the very few times theDominators put the ball in play, the defense would allow no scores.  The Bullets would finish with a 3-0 win and go to bracket play as the No. 2 seed from their pool.

In bracket, the Bullets again would start their day slowly, losing to the Trojanettes 9-2.  The loss in single-elimination sent the Bullets back home with a fifth-place finish.

The Optimist Bullets include Trujillo, Allen, Saige Van Sickle, Duer, Bledsoe, Franson, Thirakul, Lauren Campuzano, Hoelscher, Schroeder and Gabrielle Nelms.

The Bullets are 17-5 on the season and will travel to Kansas City for the USSSA Summer Smash this weekend.

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