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Optimist Monarchs go 1-3 in Manhattan

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist Monarchs 12-and-under fastpitch softball team earned a 1-3 record this weekend at the rain-shortened “Bite Out of the Lil’ Apple” softball tournament in Manhattan and Wamego.

The Monarchs opened pool play with an 11-4 loss to the Misfits. Clara Carter, Morgan Wesley and Ellie Hacker each had hits for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs next squared off against the Topeka Revolution, falling 8-2. Carter, Kelsey Coonrod, Grayce Morrison, and Taylor Ryker all had singles in the loss.

The Monarchs opened bracket play on Sunday with a tight contest against the Salina Synergy.

After falling behind 1-0 early on, the Monarchs rallied to forge a 6-2 lead after three innings, but then a disastrous fourth inning with multiple errors allowed the Synergy to plate five runs on just two singles, and lead 7-6.

After a scoreless top of the fifth, the Monarchs quickly set down the Synergy in the bottom of the inning just in time to allow another inning of play before the time limit was reached. The Monarchs did not waste the additional opportunity, scoring five times to retake the lead before blanking the Synergy in the home half of the inning to secure the 11-7 victory.

Lindsey Wilson pitched the complete game victory, allowing only two hits and striking out six, and also paced the offense with a double and a triple. Abby Faulkner also had a double, and Carter chipped in two singles. Hacker, Coonrod, Morrison, and Ryker also had hits.

The Monarchs could not maintain their momentum, however, and were eliminated in the next game, 12-0, by the Titanium. The lone Monarchs’ highlight was Mckale Stockebrand’s spectacular diving catch in left field, the defensive gem of the weekend.

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