The Manhattan Optimist Prime 12U team traveled to Salina to compete in the Sun tournament last weekend

The Prime played in Salina and lost their first match-up against the Chapman Chaos 3-2. Maggie Brummett was in the circle with Janie Hilgers behind the plate. Brummett had two singles while Kat Ball and Keylee Schartz had singles of their own.

The Prime bounced back strong against the Salina Elite, winning 11-2 behind Ball in the circle and Emily Wuggazer catching. Gracie Scofield had two singles in that game, Wuggazer and Brummett both doubled and Alexa Babcock, Schartz and Ball all singled.

Prime won their first contest in bracket play against the Kansas Heat, 7-2, to advance to the semifinals. Brummett couldn’t be stopped in the circle, striking out 11 batters. Ball, Hilgers, Wuggazer, Scofield and Schartz made the major contributions to the offense. The Prime faced the Chaos again the the semifinals and fell 11-1. Ball had the only hit of the game.

Prime is 6-7 this season. It returns to actions at the USSSA event in Topeka from June 14 to 16.

Optimist Diamonds fall to Pink Panthers

The Manhattan Optimist 14U Diamonds couldn’t overcome an early deficit in a 9-3 loss to the Pink Panthers last Saturday.

Taryn Shepard went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Diamonds in hits. Avery Hafliger was in the circle, throwing 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and striking out one. Jaden Mcgee came in and threw 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Manhattan played three games May 5, going 1-2.

In their lone victory, the Diamonds won in 8-7 over the Clay Center Bees. The win came in walk-off fashion thanks to a double from Sofia Bott. CJ Rignell homered in the first inning for the first run of the contest. Clay Center surged ahead with two runs in the top of the third before Manhattan scored two to move back ahead 3-2. The two runs came off a two-run double from McKinzie Reid.

With the game knotted at seven in the bottom of the fourth frame, Bott came through with the game-winning double. Manhattan finished with eight hits in the win, with Rignell and Callie Carson boasting multi-hit games.

The other two games didn’t go Manhattan’s way May 5.

After falling down by four runs, a rally against the Nemesis came up just short in a 5-4 loss.

The Diamonds scored three runs thanks to doubles from Hafliger and Mcgee. The latter went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Manhattan also fell to the Clay Center Bees in a separate, low-scoring contest. Clay Center emerged with a 1-0 win. The Diamonds didn’t commit an error in the loss.

On April 27 and 28, the Diamonds combined to go 2-0.

The Diamonds built a 4-0 lead over the Rogers Rebels before holding on for a 4-3 win on the 27th. Mcgee, Mia Walters and Reagan Neitzel each managed one hit to lead the Diamonds.

On April 28, the Diamonds came from behind to top the Dirty Dawgs 7-6. The Diamonds got on the board in the first inning on an RBI double from Mcgee.

Hafliger, Bott, Neitzel, McGee, Walters, Laiken Buell and Taryn Shepard notched one hit each in the one-run win.

Monarchs go 1-1 in Oklahoma

Rain affected the Optimist Monarchs’ 18U team’s tournament in Oklahoma City.

Competing in the Oklahoma City Challenge, they played just two games.

In the first, the Monarchs put themselves in the driver’s seat with a 5-1 lead over the Lakewood (Co.) Wildcats, but the Wildcats stormed back to tie it up in the top of the final inning. Cadence Eakes lifted the Monarchs to a 6-5 win with a walk-off single, her second hit of the game. Dori Robinson, Sam Berg, Taylor Strickland, Kenzie Kruse and Amira Bivens helped the Monarchs’ offense. Abigail Chaney got the nod again at pitcher, giving up four hits and striking out a pair in the victory.

The Monarchs lost the second game to the Oklahoma Pride, 12-0. Kruse singled and Jenna Nelson had a double.

The Monarchs’ next action is at the Hyvee Shootout in Olathe this weekend.

Juniors Diamonds compete in Salina

The Optimist 10U Junior Diamonds played in Salina at the Burke Fields last weekend. They opened their day with Solveig Chase in the circle against the Buhler Nationals. The Diamonds jumped out to a six-run lead in the first inning, ignited by a pair of steals by Gracyn Neitzel. The Diamonds defeated Buhler 12-4 with two RBIs apiece from Preslee Colby and Laynee Shepard. Chase had seven strikeouts in three innings.

The Diamonds’ second game was against the Xtreme, where they gave up three runs in the first inning. Manhattan’s Josie Alesana limited the damage thanks to a stellar grab in left field. The Diamonds fell 9-1, with the run coming in the second inning courtesy of an RBI by Callie Porter.

The Diamonds earned the fourth seed in the tournament, matching them up with Synergy. Chase started again at pitcher, but the Synergy bats were too tough. Synergy scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-2 win to end the Diamonds’ run. Neitzel had two steals, Porter led the Diamonds in RBIs and Chase had four strikeouts in three innings.