The Manhattan Optimist Moxie youth softball team competed in a pair of tournaments to start the summer.
Last weekend, the Moxie played in the Bite Outta the Little Apple Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, going 2-2.
The Moxie played three games on Saturday in Wamego. The Moxie defeated the Intensity 13-0, with Miranda Tegtmeier not permitting a single run in a complete game, one-hit shutout. The Moxie took control from the start, scoring 11 runs in the first inning. Demi Kunkel, Emma Morris, Sophia Haverkamp, Jenna Weers, Lexi DeWeese and Laney Scott all had offensive contributions in the opening inning. The Moxie didn’t commit any errors while Kunkel, DeWeese and Haverkamp each had multiple hits. DeWeese had three RBIs.
The Moxie continued its dominance in defeating the Marysville Magic 14-1 in the second game. Haverkamp got the win after pitching all three innings of a game that was called by run rule. She had three strikeouts while only allowing three hits and a run. Kierra Mosby had four RBIs.
The Moxie lost their last game Saturday, falling to the Fireballs 2-1. It was a pitcher’s duel all gamem and Haverkamp was solid again with four strikeouts. The Moxie had seven hits but also committed four errors while the Fireballs had none. DeWeese and Weers each had two hits.
The Moxie opened bracket play against Clay Center and lost 6-3. Clay Center scored two runs in the first on a walk and an error. The weather pushed the game to an early conclusion and Moxie was unable to come back in the weather-shortened 60-minute game. The Moxie scored all three of their runs in the second inning with help from Tegtmeier and Helget. Mosby had a solid outing at the plate, too, recording a single and a triple Tegtmeier and Morris also had triples in the game. Clay Center finished as the tournament’s runner-up.
The Moxie also recently traveled to Beatrice, Nebraska, for a tournament, where they went 1-3. The Moxie first played the Nebraska Echo. Manhattan dominated, scoring eight runs in the fourth inning to win 12-2. Tegtmeier, Scott Haverkamp, Morghan Owens and Haylee Hafenstein contributed to the eight-run outburst. The Moxie had nine hits in the game, and Haverkamp allowed only two runs with three strikeouts.
The Moxie lost to the Omaha Gold 6-2 in their second game of pool play. Mosby had the only hit for Moxie. Manhattan lost its next game to the eventual champion in NT TractorHouse 18A, 12-0. Mosby, Scott and Emma Morris added hits. Tegtmeier took the loss with two strikeouts.
The Moxie lost their first game of bracket play to Nebraska National Fastpitch 18UA. Mosby, Owens, Deweese and Morris had hits. Haverkamp pitched in the loss.
Manhattan returns to the diamond in Wichita, participating in the Xtreme Showdown.