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Optimist Bullets take seventh

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist Bullets concluded their summer season with the USSSA state 12-and-under B tournament in Kansas City this past weekend. The Bullets finished in seventh place among a field of 24 teams.

The Bullets lost their first game in the rain to the Wichita Wave, 4-2. The loss sent the team to the loser bracket, where the team would have to win eight straight to play for the championship.

As the weather cleared up, so did the Bullets. The team would finish the day with three straight wins to stay alive. The Bullets defeated the Flamethrowers, 10-0, followed by a 5-1 win over the Olathe Rockets. In a very late-evening game, the Bullets shut out the Kansas Blue Sox, 12-0.

Early the following morning, the Bullets would continue to play brilliantly, startingthe day with a 4-0 victory against the Fire-Storm.

The heart breaker would come against the DC Attack-Patton. The Bullets watched a 2-0 lead slowly disappear to a tie after regulation. In the first inning under the International tie-breaker rules, the Attack would send the Bullets home with a 3-2 loss.

Manhattan was not without considerable accomplishments, though. The Bullets were second in 12U B class in most runs scored, missing first by one run to a team that played more games. The Bullets allowed the least amount of runs of another team in the tournament, allowing an average of only 1.33 per game.

The Bullets completed their summer season with a record of 31-11. In nine tournament appearances, the Bullets have won three championships — finishing another four finishes in the top five.

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