The Manhattan Optimist Prime softball team earned fifth place after playing seven games in the Kansas USSSA “C” State Tournament in Salina last weekend.
The Prime won their first pool game Friday night against the NEK Lady Royals 4-3. Maggie Brummett had 10 strikeouts in five innings and Janie Hilgers caught. Brummett knocked in the contest’s first run with a fielder’s choice RBI. Four Prime walked during the first two innings: Brummett, Kat Ball, Emily Wuggazer and Gracie Scofield. Isabelle Peabody moved both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Keylee Schartz then loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch in the second. Charleigh Nelson did the damage, hitting a triple and scoring three runs.
The Prime’s next game was against the Pittsburg Purple Crush, where Brummett pitched to Hilgers again. Nelson had another big play in the first inning, scoring two runs on a single. More runs came for the Prime in the third when Ball and Hayley Fobes got on and Scofield scored both of them with a single. However, the Crush rallied to win 5-4.
The Prime won its first game of bracket play against the McPherson Lady Express,10-4. Ball pitched in relief after Brummett exited. Ball, Brummett and Peabody all singled to score three runs in the first. Nelson, Hilgers, Ball, Fobes, Wuggazer and Peabody all contributed singles in the second to score five more runs. The final two runs came on offense from Babcock walking, Nelson and Hilgers singling, and Ball and Brummett also walking.
The Prime played the undefeated Medicine Lodge Sparks next in bracket play. Forbes and Charleigh Nelson singled for the Prime offense, but the Sparks won 8-2, putting the Prime in the loser’s bracket.
The Prime played Clay Center first on Sunday, with Brummett pitching again until Hilgers came on as a reliever in the third. The Prime got the offense going in the first, scoring four runs behind Hilgers, Ball, Fobes and Peabody. Clay Center retaliated with three runs of their own in the first. The Prime added two more runs in the second with offense from Ball, Fobes and Wuggazer, leading the Prime to a 6-4 win.
The Prime won itsnext game, 7-4, against the KC Legends. Brummett and Ball had the pitching duties covered with Hilgers and Wuggazer catching. The Prime scored four runs in the first after Hilgers, Fobes, Brummet and Scofield all singled. The Prime scored another run in the second and two in the third with offense from Peabody, Babcock and Schartz.
The Hiawatha Fireballs defeated the Prime in the final game 5-4. The Prime took an early lead with two runs in the first after Hilgers and Ball singled. Scofield scored another run in the second.
The Prime scored its final run in the fourth after Fobes, Brummett and Wuggazer all singled. However, the Fireballs rallied in the top of the sixth with five runs and ended the Prime’s tournament run.
The Prime is now 10-10 on the season and play in Salina next weekend in the Summer Blast event.