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Optimist Sting takes first

By Jelani Yancey

The Manhattan Optimist Sting traveled to Lincoln, Neb., and captured first place at the 14-and-under Summer Slugfest at the Doris Bair softball complex this past weekend.

The Sting started pool play Saturday beating the Elkhorn Slammers Black 3-0. After losing the second pool game 3-0 to the Ralston Rush, the sting bounced back and defeated the Omaha Suburban Pride 14-0. The Sting finished pool play seeded third for bracket play on Sunday.

In the first bracket game, the Sting took an early two-run lead in the first inning and not seeing anymore scores until the fourth inning when the Elkhorn Black put three runs on the board to take the lead.

Not giving up, the Sting took control of the fifth inning, scoring four runs to take the win 6-3.

In the semifinal bracket game, the Sting used their bats to take a commanding lead in the first two innings by scoring seven runs and eventually winning the game 7-4 to move to the championship game.

The Sting took an early 2-1 lead over the Omaha Quakes in the championship game. The Sting would then score one more run in the fifth and shut down the Quakes with bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings, winning the game 3-1.

Sting playerss include Sydney Bannister, Jordan Ummel, Lindsey Hageman, Allie Martin, Alyssa Kulp, Madi Fief, Caitlyn Claussen, Savanna Thaemert, Jennifer Griffitt, Kerrigan Simons and Katie Hoefler. The Sting coaches include Ron Hageman, Grant Bannister, Greg Fief and Mark Claussen.

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