Sting takes first at Summer Smash

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Optimist 18-and-under class B Sting traveled to Kansas City and brought home first place in the lower bracket of the Summer Smash tournament this past weekend.

The 20-team tournament started with four pool games to determine what bracket they would play in. The Sting had wins against the Lady Jazz, 6-2, and the KC Fusion, 6-2, but suffered losses to the Roughnecks, 5-4, and the Pride 4:13, 4-2, narrowly placing the Sting in the lower bracket.

The first bracket game started against the Clay Center B’s with Jordan Ummel taking the 3-0 win with a no-hitter, while recording six strikeouts and two walks.

On offense, Caitlyn Claussen had a triple, Ummel had two singles and Taylor Prockish and Lindsey Hageman had a single each.

The second game against the Mustang Stampede resulted in a 7-2 win. Sydney Bannister pitched the win, allowing five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Ummel and Bannister each hit a double and a single, Hageman had two singles and Kerrigan Simons had a single.

In Game 3, Ummel pitched a 5-0 shutout against the KC Fusion, allowing one hit, while finishing with one strikeout and four walks. Simons led the offense with a triple and a single, Claussen had a triple, with Hageman, Ummel, and Katelin Hoefler adding singles. Prockish added two sacrifice bunts to move the runners.

In the semifinal game, Bannister got the 4-3 win against the Pride, allowing five hits, while striking out three and walking none. Ummel came in to close the game with one strikeout.

On offense, Simons doubled and a singled, Ummel had two singles and Madi Fief singled.

The Sting took the championship in a rain-shortened game with Ummel allowing two hits, while striking out two and walking two.

The bats were hot on offense as Hageman and Jennifer Griffitt had two singles each with Ummel, Simons, Fief, Bannister, Hoefler, and Alex Perez adding singles.

Also playing in pool play this weekend was Abby Whitney. The Sting are Grant Bannister, Greg Fief, Russ Simons and Ron Hageman

The Sting is 17-5-1 this season.

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