Bite Outta Lil Apple Youth Softball Tournament

Manhattan Fusion pitcher Harper Bailey (right) runs around Manhattan Optimist Junior Diamonds third baseman Preslee Colby (left) to score during the game in the 10U division of the Bite Outta Lil Apple tournament at the Twin Oaks Softball Complex on Friday. The Fusion defeated the Diamonds 11-9.

The Manhattan Optimist Monarchs 18U team traveled to Olathe for the Hyvee Shootout over the weekend and finished second in the 11-team. The Monarchs opened pool play with three wins, the first an 11-4 victory over the Maniacs, then 10-0 against the Nitro-White and capped by an 11-9 win against Hitters Choice.

On Sunday, the Monarch came out hot again with a 9-1 win against the Central Fastpitch.

Then the Monarchs shut out the Washburn Strorm, 4-0, to make it to the championship game.

The Monarchs came up just short in the title tilt, falling 10-9 to the St. Joe’s Nilelators 10-9.

Taylor Strickland commanded the circle, throwing two shutouts in the tournament, and Abigail Chainey and Emily Genereux contributed with wins in the circle, too. Kenzie Kruse caught in every game.

Kat Range and Jenna Nelson had multiple highlight plays on defense.

Every Monarch player had several hits in the tournament. Amira Bivens, Strickland and Kruse led the offense with nine hits each.

Strickland had two doubles, a triple and a homer, while Kruse contributed three doubles and a triple.

Candace Eakes had seven hits while Sam Berg and Dori Robinson had six. Robinson had two doubles and a triple.

Thanks to their showing at the tournament, the Monarchs improved to 7-8 overall this season.

The Monarchs return to the diamond at the USA KC Metro “B” State Championship in Kansas City in their next outing.

Junior Diamonds post 1-3 record

The Junior Diamonds stayed at home for the Bite Outta Lil Apple Tournament last weekend.

Their first game was against the Fusion, with Solveig Chase starting at pitcher. The Diamonds jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first and extended it to 5-2 after the second behind a double from Teagan Ellis and a triple courtesy of Tierra Young. The Fusion fought back, though, scoring five runs in the final inning to win 11-9. Young had four RBIs and Chase had seven strikeouts.

The next game of pool play for the Diamonds came against the Twisters. Callie Porter got the start in a contest that ended up being an offensive duel. The Diamonds trailed 5-4 after the first inning, but rallied with four runs in the second. However, the Twisters prevailed with three runs in the final inning and the Diamonds fell again, 10-8. Ellis had three RBIs while Porter and Preslee Colbe each stole two bases.

The Diamonds’ last game of pool play was against the Riley County Falcons. Josie Alesana got the start and Ellis came on in relief. The Falcons scored five runs in each of the first two innings and eventually won via run rule, 10-1. Averie Phillips had the only hit for the Diamonds.

Manhattan opened bracket play Sunday against K4 Prospects-Carson. Chase pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings. But the game was called early. The Diamonds’ offense struggled in the game, concluding the tournament concluded with a 5-1 loss. Colby had the lone RBI. Porter Colby and Alesana had steals.