The 10U Manhattan Optimist Junior Diamonds traveled to Topeka last weekend to compete in the USSSA C State tournament.
The Diamonds began its tournament run against Kingman, and Solveig Chase had the pitching duties. Callie Porter hit a leadoff single and got two steals to open up the Diamonds’ offense. Josie Alesana drove Porter in and put the Diamonds at a 3-0 advantage after the top of the first inning.
Kingman struck back with five runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, but Alesana drove in another run in the second for Manhattan to regain a on-run lead.
Kingman eventually secured a 10-6 win after maxing out five runs in an inning and shutting out the Diamonds.
Manhattan played its second game of pool play against the Fireballs from Hiawatha. Gracyn Neitzel was on the mound and picked up two strikeouts in two innings. The Diamonds could only muster one run, though, and fell to the Fireballs, 13-1.
The Diamonds began double elimination bracket play against the top seedeed SEK KS from Coffeyville, the eventual champion of the tournament.
Teagan Ellis was the starter for Manhattan. The SEK pitcher was overpowering, striking out the first three batters.
The Diamonds were solid on defense for a while, making solid plays in the field. Manhattan threatened at the start of the second when Chase got a leadoff walk and two steaks, but SEK prevented any damage. Sek won 13-0 to send the Diamonds to the losers side of the bracket.
The Diamonds played the Topeka Dust Storm in the night game, with Solveig on the mound. Porter had a leadoff hit and two steals, putting her in a position to score when Alesana got a hit. The Diamonds led 2-0 after the top of the first but Topeka came back with five runs in the second. Manhattan trailed 5-3 going into the 3rd when Topeka scored five more runs to take a 10-3 lead.
There were storms approaching at this point, so the game was called and the Diamond’s tournament run, and season, concluded.