Softball Bullpups get back to .500 mark

By Steve Sell
April 22, 2016
Kendall Shaw

The future of the McPherson High softball team got a chance to watch the present perform on Thursday.

It was Senior Night for the Bullpups at Grant Complex and members of the personally invited Lady Express — the future MHS team — watched first-hand as the Bullpups swept El Dorado to get back to the .500 mark.

MHS swamped the Wildcats 12-0 in the first game and then completed the sweep with a 6-3 victory in Game 2.

“It was a great night for Senior Night and to show our young Lady Express players how to get it done at home,” said Bullpup coach Danica Fitzmorris, whose team finally climbed back to .500 at 7-7. “We had a great turnout and really appreciate the support for Lady ‘Pups softball.”

The first game was a breeze for MHS as freshman Addie Fitzmorris threw her second straight shutout and she helped her own cause by driving in four runs with two hits. Brooke Schrag had two hits and two RBIs.

“We hit the ball in Game 1 as good as can be expected,” the Bullpup coach said. “Addie Fitzmorris had another shutout with two walks and two strikeouts. She has done a good job allowing only four hits between her two starts. Our field did an awesome job behind her, with one error early in the first inning. Brooke Schrag made two tremendous catches in center, with (Bailea) Crist following suit at first and in right field with inning-changing plays. Grace Colaw is back from injury and played solid both at the plate and at first base. 12-0 wins bring a lot of confidence to our team.”

The second game was much more competitive as after leading 4-0, the Bullpups gave up three runs as the Wildcats made a game of it. MHS, though, scored two in the sixth to salt away the win.

“Game 2 we continued to hit and got off to a busy start with three in the first,” Fitzmorris said. “Mayci James made a great doubleplay with a catch in left and throw out at third. I made a pitching change from (Elle) Schrag to Crist (in the fifth inning) and El Dorado was scoreless the rest of the game.”

Colaw had the best game of her varsity career by going 3 for 4. Sheridan Scott had two hits and two RBIs and Crist added two hits. James drove in two runs.

Fitzmorris is hoping her team has turned the corner.

“We continue to show promise and are becoming more consistent in the field, which is a necessity for us as we look to postseason play in three weeks,” she said. “Our hitting continues to be steady and a great asset for us.”

Due to wet fields, there were no JV games.

MHS goes to Maize South on Monday.  

• Game 1 •

MHS (12) — Crist 3-1-1-0, B. Schrag 3-2-2-1, Kerr 3-2-1-1, Scott 3-2-1-1, Pacey 2-0-0-0, Colaw 1-1-1-1, James 3-1-1-0, Feil 2-2-1-1, Fitzmorris 3-0-2-4, Baker 0-1-0-0, Stockham 2-0-0-1.

• Game 2 •

MHS (6) — Crist 4-1-2-0, B. Schrag 2-1-0-0, Kerr 2-1-0-0, Colaw 4-2-3-1, Bruton 0-1-0-0, James 3-0-0-2, Fitzmorris 1-0-1-0, Scott 4-0-2-2, Baker 0-0-0-0, Feil 2-0-0-0, Pacey 2-0-1-1, E. Schrag 2-0-0-0, Stockham 3-0-0-0.