The Manhattan Indians 14U finished 6-0 to win last weekend’s Perfect Game Midwest Spring Invitational.
Dempsey Ibarra was the winning pitcher during the Indians’ 16-2 win over Prodigy Baseball-White in the title game. Ibarra, who consistently threw in the mid-60s, allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out four batters in four innings. Landon Knopp led the offense with three hits in three at-bats to go with three runs scored. Knopp is hitting .625 through five games.
The Indians beat Natural Baseball Academy-Marucci 8-5, Soar Academy Butler 17-5 and 9-3 and Prodigy Baseball-Gray 7-0 en route to the championship.
Other players on the championship roster include: Colby Altevogt, Landon Dobson Trey Hoover, Jude Meseke, Advith Natarajan, Jude Say, Sam Spiegel, Brandon Stroud and Thayer Wilson.
Optimist Prime splits games
Manhattan Optimist Prime split four games at Dorothy’s Spring Fling 14U softball tournament at the Twin Oaks Sports Complex in Manhattan.
Prime opened the tournament with a 14-1 win over Topeka Storm Derecho.
Candace Lippe made her debut on the mound while Kaitlyn Lagabed caught. Lippe notched single and a tripled; Lagabed doubled. Maggie Brummett had a single and a double, Hannah Benoit singled and Kylee Shivers added two singles.
Prime lost 11-4 to the Wamego OSA Outlaws. Lagabed was the starting pitcher with relief from Brummett and Lippe.
Brummett started behind the plate with relief from Benoit and Lagabed. Brummett, Allison Adams, and Isabelle Peabody managed singles against Wamego’s Trinity Hager, and Keylee Schartz had a double and a single.
In bracket play, Prime faced Marysville Magic and won 8-3. Lippe pitched and Lagabed caught. Brummett had a single and a triple, Lippe singled and Schartz tripled.
Prime lost Game 4 to eventual champion Wichita Topgun. Maggie Brummett pitched and Kaitlyn Lagabed caught. Brummett, Lagabed and Kylee Shivers all singled. Isabelle Peabody doubled and Candace Lippe had two singles.
Prime (5-3) will play in the Sacred Heart Blue and Gold tournament in Salina on May 1.