MULVANE — It was the best of times and worst of times on Monday for the McPherson High softball team.
The Bullpups struggled mightily in Game 1 of a triangular against Great Bend, losing 15-8. Due to a malfunction in the stat program, game numbers are not available.
“Game 1 against Great Bend truly had two bright spots, and that is that we scored eight runs in the game and one of those was an over-the-fence home run from Bailea Crist,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “It went south from there. Our defense was not what I expect from this seasoned of a team. Much like the girls, I think I would just rather forget the game and move forward.”
The Bullpups were then as good against Mulvane as they were bad against Great Bend, rolling to a 9-0 rout of the Wildcats.
“In contrast, Game 2 was practically flawless,” Fitzmorris said. “Elle Schrag led the way with a stellar pitching performance, needing only 55 pitches to take care of Mulvane. Of those 43 were strikes. Our defense was near-flawless as well with only one small error from a third base throw that one-hopped to our first baseman. We had 14 hits and it was a true team hitting performance. It's hard to stay consistent in this game with so many factors to consider. But I am especially proud of the girls after coming off such a dismal first game performance for keeping their wits about them.”
Crist clubbed three more hits, with two each by the Schrag sisters Elle and Brooke, Chelsey Kerr and Stevie Stockham.
MHS is now 2-2 as it heads to Rose Hill on Thursday.
It was a pair of tough losses for the JV team, 4-3 to Great Bend and 7-6 to Mulvane.
“Both heartbreakers,” MHS coach Lacey Morgan said. “We took too long to get our bats going against Great Bend. Against Mulvane we were up 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth and just let it slip through our fingers. We're going to have to work on staying mentally tough through an entire game. Against Mulvane, Addie Fitzmorris helped herself with a pair of doubles while Morgan Jones came up with two RBIs. Fitzmorris smacked a triple against Great Bend, our only extra-base hit of the game. She also had two solid performances on the mound.”