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Manhattan Optimist Moxie went 8-2 and finished 3rd in the Summer Smash in Kansas City

Front: Kayla Boltz, Shannon Caffrey, Mariah Kinderknecht, Miranda Hemmert and Alexis Wilson. Back: Blair Campbell, Brynn Hammett, Abbie Plummer, Alexis McCormick, Alexis Campuzano, Linsey Kramer
June 25, 2014
The Manhattan Optimist Moxie team opened the weekend on Friday night with an 8:40 game against the Columbia Rockers; winning 14-0. Brynn Hammett was a dual threat going 2-2 and pitching for the shut out win while striking out 10. Alexis Campuzano had 2 doubles as Moxie combined for 11 hits in the blow out win. Moxie turned around and played a 10:00 game against the Topeka Zone, winning a close game 3-2. Moxie collected 8 hits; none bigger than Kayla Boltz's double that drove home 2 runs in the first. Blair Campbell earned the tough win striking out 6.

On Saturday, Moxie won both pool play games and finished 4-0 in pool play. The first of those games was against KC Fire, 10-3 was the final score. Moxie belted out 15 hits with Linsey Kramer, Mariah Kinderknecht, Shannon Caffrey, Boltz and Hammett each having a multiple hit game. Campbell pitched for the win, Caffrey also pitched in relief. In the last pool play game, Moxie faced Mustang Stampede and defeated them 10-4. Moxie had 11 hits, 6 (2 each) from Alexis Wilson, Miranda Hemmert and Hammett; Hammett also earned the win. As the 1 seed in bracket play, Moxie was pitted against the Minneapolis (MN) Heat. Moxie got more hits (9 6), just not more runs, and committed more errors (5) in the game, losing 6-4. Alexis Campuzano had 2 hits including a homerun, while Kayla Boltz also had 2 hits with a double. Campbell had 5 strikeouts in the loss.

Sunday's bracket play continued for Moxie in the double elimination tournament, 5 consecutive games beginning at 8:00 a.m. Moxie ended up playing KC Fire again, winning 5-0. Moxie had 10 hits and Hammett won striking out 5. The 9:30 game was against a tough Ruffnecks team, Moxie prevailed 10-5. Alexis Campuzano went 4-4 in the game, and Kayla Boltz doubled twice to lead the offense. Campbell earned the win. At 11:00, Moxie defeated Topeka Toxic by a score of 9-5. Hammett went 3-3 and Kinderknecht was 2-2 from the plate. Campbell pitched well for the win. At 12:30, Moxie faced off with the Minneapolis Heat again, this time prevailing by 9-5. Caffrey, Plummer, Campuzano and Wilson each notched 2 hits apiece. Hammett earned the win, with Caffrey and Campbell each pitching in the final inning. In the 2:00 game against the Topeka Stingers, Moxie led the entire game until a late rally in the top of the 7th, losing 5-4 to the eventual tournament champions. Moxie captured a 3rd place finish, in the original pool of 19 teams, and the winner's bracket pool of 9.


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