The Manhattan Optimist Prime 12U softball team finished its season tied for ninth in the USA Softball State tournament last weekend in Salina.
The Prime started hot in pool play with a 6-1 win against the Pratt Diamonds. Maggie Brummett was dealing in the circle, pitching a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts after allowing the first Diamonds hitter to walk and, eventually, score. Bridgett Campbell caught for Brummett. The Prime did most of their damage in the fourth inning, scoring five runs on a series of walks and errors by the Diamonds. Brummett and Ellie Fahey combined for the Prime’s final run of the game.
The Prime kept it close in their second game of pool play against Chapman Chaos, but lost 10-7. Campbell and Brummett swapped pitching and catching duties for this game, with Campbell in the circle. They traded places again in the final three innings. The Prime scored two runs in the first inning behind hits from Campbell, Brummett and Emily Wuggazer. The Prime scored another run in the third after Charleigh Nelson made it around the diamond after being hit by a pitch. The Prime were down 5-4 in the fourth before Isabelle Peabody doubled. She scored after Keylee Schartz’s fielder’s choice. The Prime scored two more runs on offense by Kat Ball, Campbell and Wuggazer, but it was too late.
The Prime dominated their first game of bracket play against the Hoisington Kansas Heat, winning 8-0. Campbell pitched, accumulating 11 strikeouts, and Brummett caught. Campbell doubled to lead off the second and scored on a wild pitch. Most of the runs came in the fourth, when Brummett and Ball singled. Fobes then scored Brummett on a fielder’s choice. Campbell walked after, and Wuggazer tripled to score Campbell and Ball. Gracie Scofield then bunted to score Wuggazer. Peabody and Schartz both followed with singles to score Peabody. More runs came in the fifth with scoring from Fahey, Nelson and Brummett.
The Prime fell to the eventual champion Salina Nemesis in their next bracket game. Campbell gave up seven runs in the start and Brummett gave up four more in relief, with Ball pitching the final three innings and giving up just one hit. Brummett and Campbell combined for a score in the first. Ball singled and scored (after a pair of steals) when Fobes hit a fielder’s choice in the fourth.
Bracket play continued against the Lawrence Phenix, who defeated the Prime 6-5 in extras. Brummett and Campbell were the starting battery again. The Prime started hot on offense, scoring four runs in the first after Brummett, Ball, Fobes, Campbell and Scofield singled. The Prime scored one more run in the second when Alexa Babcock, Brummett and Ball singled, but the Phenix held them in the following innings.
The Prime finished their summer tournament schedule with a 13-13 record, but several tournament were canceled because of rain.
Moxie go 3-2 in Wichita
The Optimist Moxie 18U completed their summer by going 3-2 at the Summer Slam in Wichita last weekend.
The Moxie dominated their first game of pool play against the Voltage, winning 13-1 in three innings. The Moxie tallied 14 hits in the game, with five players recording multi-hit outings. Sophia Haverkamp and Lexi DeWeese had two hits, both with doubles. Emma Morris, Morghan Owens and Emily Albright all had two singles. Kierra Mosby hit a homer and Jenna Weers had a double. Haylee Hafenstein and Laney Marple both singled and Haverkamp got the win in the circle.
The Moxie fell short in their next game against Xtreme Fastpitch, losing 6-5. Haverkamp took the loss after pitching five innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven. The Moxie had six hits. Mosby and Albright both had two. Owens doubled and Marple singled.
The Moxie defeated the Manhattan Optimist Monarchs in the final game of pool play, 10-2. Haverkamp had two hits and four RBIs. Mosby contributed two RBIs, with other hits coming from Hafenstein, Morris and DeWeese. Haverkamp got the win in the circle, allowing just two hits.
The Moxie got a rematch against Fastpitch, but lost by the same score of 6-5 despite outhitting their opponent 11 to six. The Moxie had a 5-1 lead, but couldn’t hold on.
Haverkamp recorded the loss while she and Albright led the offense, with two hits each. Weers had a double with two RBIs. Helget doubled, too.
The Moxie won its consolation game against the Monarchs, 7-0, accumulating eight hits. Weers had a double, Helget and Albright had two hits and DeWeese, Owens and Hafenstein had hits for the Moxie. Haverkamp earned the shutout in the circle, allowing four hits with five strikeouts.
The Moxie finished the season 19-13.