Moxie

The Manhattan Optimist Moxie won the Shawnee Freedom Festival title last weekend. Pictured are team members (front row, from left): Lexi DeWeese, Morghan Owens, Sophia Haverkamp, Laney Marple, Shelby Helget; and (back row, from left) Haylee Hafenstein, Kierra Mosby, coach Jeri Brummett, Laney Scott, coach Holaday, Jenna Weers, Emma Morris. Miranda Tegtmeier is not pictured.

The Manhattan Optimist Moxie went 6-0 to win the Shawnee Freedom Festival 18U tournament last weekend in Topeka.

The Moxie won all of its pool games before receiving its seed for the tournament. In the tournament opener against the G2 Heat, Miranda Tegtmeier threw a complete game shutout to lead the Moxie to a 7-0 victory. Emma Morris got the Moxie bats going in the first inning with a three-run homer. The Moxie scored three more runs in the fourth inning on a a single by Haylee Hafenstein, a double by Morghan Owens and a bunt from Laney Marple. Lexi DeWeese scored. The Moxie defense was stout, allowing just two hits.

The Moxie then came out on top in a pitcher duel against the Nemesis, winning 2-1. Sophia Haverkamp allowing only two hits and surrendering one run in six innings. Tegtmeier, DeWeese and Shelbey Helget had hits while DeWeese had both RBIs.

Manhattan rallied in its third game on Saturday to win 12-4 against the Topeka Wave. After giving up three runs in the second inning, the Moxie responded with seven of their own to take control of the game. Kierra Mosby, Emma Morris, DeWeese, Marple and Owens led the offense. Tegtmeier got the win in the circle for the Moxie, pitching three innings and giving up four runs. Haverkamp pitched one inning of relief.

The Moxie played the Topeka Mudhens to open bracket play on Sunday in a quarterfinal contest. Laney Scott hit a walk-off triple to lead the Moxie to a 6-3 win. Marple and Morris doubled and Haverkamp hit a ground rule double to round out the scoring for the Moxie. Helget and Owens laid down back-to-back bunts with Marple on base to set the stage for Scott’s game-winning triple. Tegtmeier got the victory, going three and 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.

Moxie defeated the only other unbeaten team left in the tournament, the Topeka Force, winning 5-1 in the semifinals. Scott hit a solo homer while Morris and Tegtmeier both had RBIs. Morris recorded a double play after making a diving catch to prevent the Force from putting together any momentum at the plate. Haverkamp lasted six innings in the circle and allowed just one run with three strikeouts.

The Moxie dominated the late innings of the championship contest against the Topeka Mudhens. It was back and forth in the first four innings, but the Moxie held on. Scott notched a crucial single in the fourth to score a run, and other RBIs came from Morris, Haverkamp and Mosby.

Haverkamp was in the circle for five innings of the championship game, allowing six hits and five runs.