Something had to give.
McPherson High’s softball team entered Monday’s doubleheader having lost five of its last six games, albeit many of them by close margins.
Buhler came to town having lost six straight.
But that’s where the similarities ended. MHS gave itself a much-needed shot of confidence at Grant Complex by swamping the Crusaders twice, 11-0 and 14-6.
MHS is now 5-7 on the season with state powerhouse Andale-Garden Plain coming to town on Monday.
“I was really proud of our play across the board,” Bullpup coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “Game 1 was well-pitched and hit. Game 2 was not as clean in the field, but our bats stayed hot, having 15 hits. We again have to keep our errors down when we allow hits on defense. We were also able to get in some young players who have not yet had the opportunity to come in on the varsity field. Which is good for their confidence and the team’s comfort level if the opportunity ever allows it either in regular season or postseason.”
In Game 1, freshman Addie Fitzmorris made her first varsity pitching start and authored a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts. MHS struck for seven runs in the second inning to make her job easier.
The Bullpups pounded out 14 hits, including a homer by Teagan Pacey, a triple by Mayci James and a double by Bailea Crist. Fitzmorris helped her own cause with three singles, while Crist, Pacey, Sheridan Scott and Chelsey Kerr all added two hits.
Kerr had a monster second game with a homer, triple and two singles, good for three RBIs. Gracey Feil stroked three hits, while Crist, Pacey and James each added two. James hit another triple, while Crist and Pacey added doubles as the Bullpups unloaded during the day for some extra-base knocks.
Crist was the winning pitcher.
The MHS JVs, who started the day with a 1-9 record, also gave themselves some much-needed confidence by sweeping the Crusaders.
Game 1 was a 13-3 breeze as Lexi Howard was 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Emily Smith and Arynn Almquist added two hits apiece, with both of Smith’s being doubles. Smith, Gracie Bruton and Morgan Jones all drove in two runs. Randie Baker was the winning pitcher.
The second game was a 17-1 stroll as Smith was the winning pitcher. MHS piled up all those runs despite just four hits, two by Halle Giddings.
• Game 1 •
MHS (11) — Crist 4-2-2-1, B. Schrag 2-1-1-1, Kerr 3-1-2-2, Scott 3-2-2-1, Pacey 3-2-2-2, Fitzmorris 3-0-3-1, Yates 0-2-0-0, E. Schrag 2-1-0-0, Stockham 2-0-1-1, James 2-0-1-0, Feil 0-0-0-0.
• Game 2 •
MHS (14) — Crist 5-2-2-1, B. Schrag 3-3-1-1, Kerr 5-2-4-3, Stockham 3-0-0-1, Pacey 4-1-2-1, Feil 4-2-3-0, Scott 3-1-1-1, E. Schrag 3-1-0-0, James 2-2-2-2, Yats 1-0-0-0, Bruton 1-0-0-0.