The Manhattan Optimist 12U Diamonds played finished second at the Kansas City Diamond Divas softball tournament in Basehor last week.
The Diamonds lost 12-4 to Iowa Elite Force in the championship game on a windy Sunday afternoon.
After plating two runs in the top of the first, the Diamonds offense sputtered and didn’t score again until the fourth inning. The Force earned six hits and six RBI’s to pull away with the championship.
Gracyn Neitzel struck out four batters while throwing 98 pitches against the Force.
She also drew two walks at the plate.
With the loss, the Diamonds captured their first medal of the year with the second-place finish after an impressive tournament run.
The Diamonds kick-started their offense in the third and fourth innings during a 9-1 win over the Legends.
They scored two runs in the third and four in the fourth thanks to RBIs from Lydia Wassenberg, Samantha Thompson, Solveig Chase, and Mallory Pecenka. Preslee Colby, Chase, and Thompson each had a double.
Chase struck out seven batters during en route to a complete game.
A 1-1-1 pool record gave the Diamonds as the third seed in the Silver bracket to begin Sunday’s championship push. They beat the Kansas City Ice 6-3 in their first game of the day.
Chase and Tierra Young drove on run each to help the Diamonds take a 4-1 lead after two innings. The Diamonds stole 12 bases against the Ice, led by Kaimey Evans with four.
Thompson struck out nine batters in the circle.
The Diamonds lost 9-8 to Intensity during their final game of pool play. Chase pitched, and both teams flashed hot bats.
Intensity broke an 8-8 tie with a walk-off walk in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Intensity loaded the bases thanks to a lead-off walk, a single and an intentional walk.
The Diamonds tied their second pool game, 6-6, against Velocity.
Velocity took a 4-0 lead after three innings and a 6-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth. But after several errors, walks, and passed balls helped the Diamonds cut the lead to 6-4, Josi Alesana hit a single to score two and finish the game tied after reaching the maximum runs in an inning.
The Diamonds opened pool play with a 4-3 win over Kansas City Wicked at the Field of Dreams on April 24.
Thompson started in the circle and earned 11 strikeouts compared to one walk. Chase had the lone RBI for the Diamonds as they used walks, steals, and passed balls to run to the win.
Pacenka scored the winning run.
Renegades go 2-3 in Topeka
The Manhattan Optimist Renegades finished 2-3 in Topeka last weekend.
The Renegades lost to Topeka Synergy 7-2 on Sunday, the final day of bracket play. Alayna Ault stuck out 11 and walked two in the loss. The offense managed four hits as a team. Two came from Ault and Hailey VanDusen, who drove home the only Renegades’ lone pair of runs.
The Renegades beat Topeka Synergy 11-4 to close a day in which the team played four games. Ault allowed four runs and no walks while striking out six batters in three innings. VanDusen finished 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs to lead the offense. Manhattan beat the St. George Twisters 10-7 during their third game of the day. Hayden Matzke struck out four batters in 1 1/3 innings.
Manhattan then lost 6-1 to the Holton Blue Heat. Ault struck out 12 batters and walked four. The offense managed just two hits.
The Renegades opened the tournament with a 9-4 loss to Topeka Queen Bees. Kynlee VanDonge led the offense with two hits and three RBIs, but the offense stranded seven runners on base. Matzke and Ault combined for eight strikeouts.
The Manhattan Optimist Renegades will play in the Mother’s Day Celebration tournament in Topeka on May 9.
Outlaws win 14U Grip it and Rip it event
Wamego’s OSA Outlaws finished 5-0 to won the 2021 14U Grip it and Rip It tournament last weekend. They beat the Topeka Bandits 12-6 in the championship game.
On the way to the championship, they beat the Stingers 14-8, the Bomb Squad 9-8, the Shed A’s 6-0 and the Bomb Squad 6-2.
Players on the team include Kat Ball, Reese Grady, Lindsay Gray, Brooklyn Haaga, Trinity Hager, Lily Krainbill, Alli Louquet, Alana McCarthy, Amori Meile, Reagan Thomason, Kendall Thornton, Reece Thornton and Teagan Zenge. Daemon Honeycutt is the team’s coach.