The Manhattan Optimist Renegades finished 3-2 while winning the Wildcat Classic in Manhattan on May 23.
The Renegades beat Topeka Queen Bees 2-1 in the championship game. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Renegades collected three hits from Brooklyn and Carley DeChant and Nia Sackrider to score the game-winning run.
The Queen Bees scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but the Renegades responded and scored one run in the second inning. Alayna Ault dominated the Queen Bees the rest of the game, allowing only one more hit and striking out 13 against just two walks.
Manhattan started bracket play with a 4-1 victory of the Topeka Young Guns. Hayden Matzke started the game, pitching two innings and allowing one run, five walks and striking out three. Ault closed the game by pitching the final two innings. She finished with four strikeouts. Avia Breymeyer collected the only hit of the game and drove in the Renegades’ only run.
The Renegades beat the Holton Blue Heat 13-1 during their last game of pool play. Matzke and DeChant pitched a combined three innings and allowed no hits while striking out four. The offense recorded five hits and drew 16 walks. Ault and Hallie Walsh both had doubles.
The Renegades lost 1-0 against Meridan Xtreme Mammoth Sports. Ault rebounded from a rough first game and allowed only two hits while striking out seven. Mammoth took the lead in the second inning when Ault walked the first batter allowed a double. The Renegades left eight runners on base.
They had a rocky start to the weekend, too, losing 7-2 in their tournament-opener against the Flint Hills Outlaws. Ault struck out five and allowed three hits but struggled to find the strike zone.
The offense scored two runs off hits by Ault and Alexandria Rodriguez.
Prime posts 2-2 record
Manhattan Optimist Prime finished 2-2 at the Wildcat Classic tournament at Frank Anneberg Park.
Topeka Elite beat Prime 9-2 in bracket play.
Candace Lippe started the game in the circle with relief from Maggie Brummett in the fifth. Kaitlyn Lagabed handled the catching duties. Bridget Campbell finished with a triple and a single. Brummett, Lagabed, Hayley Fobes, Maddie Fobes and Kylie Shivers all singled.
Prime beat the Wamego Outlaws 9-2.
Brummett pitched with Lagabed behind the dish.
Hayley Fobes had two doubles and a single, while Campbell had a double and two singles. Brummett, Lagabed and Isabelle Peabody singled.
In the second pool-play game, Prime took an early lead and won 9-3 against the Salina Wildfire. The Wildfire faced Lippe on the mound and Lagabed behind the plate.
Hayley Fobes hit a two-run home run and a single; Bridgett Campbell added a single and a double. Lippe helped her cause with three singles and Keylee Schartz tripled. Peabody and Lagabed singled to help in the win.
Prime lost 6-5 to the Twisters from St. George in pool play. Brummett pitched with Lagabed behind the plate.
Tied 5-5 going in the sixth, Teagan Zenger, the Twisters’ shortstop, notched a single and stole second base. With two outs, Haylee Smith plated Zenger on a walk-off RBI. Shivers had the only hit for Prime in the loss.
Prime’s two losses came to the teams who finished first and second in the tournament.
The Twisters beat Elite in the final game of the tourney. Prime is 9-6 on the year and plans to play in Manhattan again this week.
Diamonds go 0-4
The Manhattan Optimist 12U Diamonds finished 0-4 at the Wildcat Classic. The Diamonds’ tournament ended with a 2-1 loss in extra innings against Blue Heat, the eventual tournament champions.
With one out in the seventh, Gracyn Neitzel was called out trying to steal home on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Blue Heat scored a walk-off run on a ground ball to first baseman Solveig Chase.
Chase stepped on the bag for the second out of the inning, but her throw home was too late.
The Blue Heat took a 1-0 lead against Manhattan pitcher Samantha Thompson in the first inning, but the Diamonds responded in the fourth. Neitzel singled to center field to start the inning. After Neitzel stole second, Josi Alesana singled to center to drive Neitzel home.
The Diamonds finished pool play with a 9-3 loss to the Lady Royals.
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Lady Royals scored nine runs in the final four innings. The Diamonds plated two runs in the fourth but couldn’t match the Royals’ offense. Thompson, Chase, and Alesana pitched for the Diamonds.
Manhattan lost 5-2 during its second game against the Aftershock.
They took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning before giving up two runs in the second. And after tying the game in the fourth inning, the Aftershock pulled away with three runs in the fifth. Samantha Thompson pitched a complete game for the Diamonds. She walked three, struck out three, and surrendered three earned runs.
Pool play began with a 7-4 loss against GB Quicksilver under the lights.
Neitzel allowed three runs on two walks while striking out two batters in four innings. Chase pitched the final inning in a 7-4 loss. Kaimey Evans and Neitzel led the way offensively with two hits and two steals apiece.