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Optimist Moxie wins Wichita tournament

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 18-and-under Moxie finished 4-1 this past weekend — winning the Hawaiian Hitfest in Wichita. 

The Moxie went 2-1 in pool play and then 2-0 in bracket play to capture the championship. 

In pool play, the Moxie opened with a 2-0 win over the Lawrence Phenix.  Moxie made the most of just three hits.

Abbie Plummer plated the first run via a hit and stolen base. Shannon Caffrey singled in the first as well. Brynn Hammett scored in the second inning with a leadoff single, eventually scoring on a passed ball. Caffrey started and earned the win, allowing four hits. Hammett picked up the save, striking out four and allowing just two hits.

In the second game of the day, the Moxie faced the Butler County Extreme, wining 4-3.  Alexis Wilson debuted from the circle, pitching two innings, with a pair of strikeouts. Hammett finished the game for the win, striking out five with no hits surrendered.

Wilson was 2 for 2 with and an RBI and two stolen bases. Abby Snow doubled. Hammett and Mariah Kinderknecht singled with RBIs.

In the final game of pool play, Moxie faced Wichita Havoc, losing 4-3. Snow, Wilson, Kinderknecht and Miranda Hemmert each had hits in the game. Caffrey took the loss, allowing six hits with four strikeouts.

The Moxie was a top seed heading into bracket play.

Manhattan defeated the Butler County Extreme again in a 2-1 battle.  Linsey Kramer had an RBI single in the bottom of a time-expired game to score the tying run, followed by a game-winning RBI double from Wilson to give Moxie the win. 

Kinderknecht and Hemmert each singled. Hammett earned the win, striking out two. 

The Moxie defeated the Havoc 3-2 in the championship game. Plummer, Hammett, Kinderknecht and Wilson each singled.

The first Moxie run was scored by Alexis McCormick. Kramer scored the go-ahead run with a Kinderknecht RBI. 

Caffrey earned the win, allowing only two hits. 

The Moxie will travel next to Branson, Mo., this weekend for the Ozark Classic NIT.

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