The 18U Manhattan Optimist Monarchs softball team went 3-2 in the USSSA “B” state championship tournament last weekend.
The Monarchs fell into the losers bracket of the double elimination tournament after falling to the Lawrence Inferno 8-1. Emily Genereux, Kenzie Kruse and Sam Burg singled in the game, with Macy Roever doubling.
The Monarchs defeated the Maniacs, 4-3, in their next game behind Genereux in the circle. She scattered four hits and had four strikeouts. Jenna Nelson and Laney Schaefer had singles. Taylor Strickland doubled and had a single, too. Kruse contributed two hits, including the walk-off single to seal it.
The Monarchs dominated their next game with fourteen hits in a 6-3 win over the Shockwave. The Monarchs got singles from Roever, Berg, Strickland, Dori Robinson and Abigail Chainey. Kat Range and Nelson both had two hits, while Kruse went 3-for-3.
The Monarchs got a rematch against the Lawrence Inferno in the final game. Lawrence took a 2-1 lead early. Robinson got the Monarchs started with a bunt single and Amira Bivens got her to first with a sacrifice. Schafer singled with two outs to tie the game. Roever bunted to get on and advance Schaefer before Nelson recorded the walk-off single to win 3-2.
The Monarchs were eliminated in the next game, a 4-1 loss. Schaefer hit a home run.
The Monarcsh are now 11-12-2 on the season and will play in the Summer Slam in Wichita.
Moxie posts .500 record in KC
The Moxie went 2-2 in the class B state tournament at Mid-America in Kansas City metro area last weekend. The Moxie fell behind early to the Venom Fastpitch and lost 8-4 on July 6. The Venom hit a homer in the first inning to take an early lead. The Moxie had a good day at the plate, outhitting their opponent 10-7, but still lost by four runs. Miranda Tegtmeier took the loss.
The Moxie got offense from Kierra Mosby, who hit a home run in the third. Jenna Weers and Sophia Haverkamp had significant contribution, too. Weers had a hit in all three of her plate appearances and Haverkamp had two doubles. Tegtmeier doubled, too, while Shelby Helget, Laney Scott and Laney Marple all singled.
The Moxie dominated the Shockwave in their second game, winning 17-1. Mosby, Tegtmeier and Weers each had multiple hits while Helget, Morghan Owens, Emma Morris, Lexi DeWeese, Hayley Hafenstein and Haverkamp had hits, too. Haverkamp and Tegtmeier pitched, with Haverkamp getting the win.
The Moxie won its third game on a walk-off error against the Maniacs, 5-4. Batting in the bottom of the fifth with the game tied, Haverkamp hit a ball that was misplayed, scoring a run. The Moxie gained a lead in the first when DeWeese singled and scored two runs. Tegtmeier, Morris and Scott all singled. Haverkamp got the win in the circle, allowing four hits and three runs over five innings and fanning seven. Weers had two hits in the game, and went 8-for-8 on the day.
The Moxie fell 5-3 to the Clay Center Bs in their bracket game July 7. The game was tied in the top of the sixth before the Moxie allowed two runs and couldn’t recover. The Moxie scored three runs in the fourth on a walk and singles by DeWeese, and Hafenstein. Haverkamp received the loss after going six innings and allowing five runs on nine hits, striking out five.
The Moxie’s season will conclude this weekend with games at South Lakes in Wichita.
Diamonds go 1-2
The Manhattan Optimist Diamonds 14U softball team went 1-2 last weekend. The Diamonds lost to the Impact in the first game despite strong pitching. Aleana McFee got the start and recorded nine outs. Avery Hafliger singled in the second inning, and she had hits in both her plate appearances. The Diamonds allowed three runs on six hits. Jaden Mcgee pitched 1/3 of an inning in relief.
The Diamonds held on to win in their next game against the Blitz, despite nearly losing a four-run lead. The Diamonds grabbed the lead in the third inning before holding on to win 6-5. The game went five innings and the Blitz had four hits to the Diamonds’ six. CJ Rignell and Callie Carson had two hits each.
Another pitcher’s duel took place in the Diamonds’ final game, a loss against the Wichita Pilots 14U. Mcgee had 14 outs as the starter. Rignell had a single in the first inning, and two total hits in the game. The Diamonds allowed two runs in four and 2/3 innings.