Optimist Lady Indians finish 13th

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 13-and-under Lady Indians finished 13th this past weekend at the three-day Summer Smash in Lenexa.

The squad posted a 3-0-1 record to win its pool in early-round games. The Lady Indians defeated Tanel 360 Missouri 10-1, the KC Panthers 12-0 and the Midwest SWAG 7-4. The Lady Indians also tied the Lawrence Hummers 8-8.

That moved the team into bracket play with one of five No. 1 seeds out of the pool rounds. But the Lady Indians dropped a pair of hard-fought games in bracket play, losing to the Lawrence Stingrays 8-7 the and the Missouri Intensity 6-5 to end the weekend.

The bracket rounds marked just the second and third losses of the season for the Manhattan Optimist Lady Indians — all three losses have been by one run.

Hana Tamura was 2-1 in the circle for the weekend and Chelsey Henry was 1-0. The weekend was also highlighted by Amber Hildebrand’s first-career home run — a two-run shot to center.

Other members of the Lady Indians include Ayanna Gamble, Haleigh Harper, Josie Hilgers, Cara Melgares, Maddi Shaneyfelt, Kenzie Smith and Abby Whitney.

The Lady Indians, who are now 29-3-1 on the season, returns to action action this Saturday at the state championship tournament in Salina.

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