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Optimist Bullets runners-up in “Lil’ Apple”

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 14-and-under Bullets competed this weekend in the “Bite Out of the Lil’ Apple” softball tournament, finishing in second place. Key injuries continued to handcuff the team for the second weekend in a row.

After going 1-1 in pool play, the Bullets would finally have both starting pitchers return to compete Sunday in single-elimination bracket play. Because of their injuries, neither girl would be able to run or bat. This would sideline two of the team’s leading hitters for yet another tournament. 

The team defeated the Topeka Magic 6-1, and the Topeka Cyclones-Storm 7-0, to clear the way to play the Nitros for the tournament championship.

Going just one day without another major injury was not going to happen. The Bullets catcher and team captain would sprain her ankle in her first at bat, and have to come out of the game. 

The offense was simply unable to get in rhythm, and the Bullets would leave eight girls on base. The Bullets placed second with a 3-0 loss to the Nitros. 

The Optimist Bullets are Mady Trujillo, Rachel Duer, Ashlynn Bledsoe, Malary Tajchman, Allie Jo Hiatt, Alex Hoelscher, Savanna Cavanaugh, Gabrielle Nelms, Raegan Wilcoxson, Meg Auten, and Alexandra Maulsby.

The Bullets record for the summer season currently stands at 19-8.

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