MAIZE — An article in Sunday’s Wichita Eagle proclaimed the offensive prowess of the Maize South softball team, noting the Mavericks were hitting better than .450 collectively.
McPherson High saw that up close and personal on Monday.
The Mavericks pounded out 15-5 and 11-1 victories to put an end to the Bullpups’ four-game winning streak. In addition to the hits, though, MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said the Bullpups lent a helping hand.
“I feel like a broken record — too many errors,” Fitzmorris said. “Right now we are unable to execute the routine plays we need to make and those errors came when we had two outs in the field. Such a difficult thing to deal with as a team. It hurts your players’ moral, both those who make the errors and those who watch them.”
Game 1 was close until the fifth inning when Maize South scored four times, then added five more runs in the sixth. All nine Bullpups had one hit, except for Addie Fitzmorris, who had two, and she also drove in two runs.
Fitzmorris took the loss, though five of the runs she allowed were unearned.
MHS had seven hits in Game 2, but matched that with seven errors in the field.
Chelsey Kerr was 3 for 3 with two doubles. Elle Schrag and Bailea Crist pitched for MHS, with just two of the 11 runs they allowed being earned.
MHS, now 7-9, is off until Monday when it hosts Andale-Garden Plain in a makeup twinbill, which will have a 3 p.m. start. at Grant Complex.
Only one JV game was played with Maize South winning, 15-5. Halle Giddings, Sydney Boese and Emily Smith all had two hits for the Bullpups.
• Game 1 •
MHS (5) — Crist 4-0-1-0, James 4-0-1-0, B. Schrag 3-0-1-1, Kerr 3-0-1-0, Colaw 3-1-1-0, Scott 3-0-1-0, Feil 3-1-1-0, Stockham 3-2-1-1, Fitzmorris 3-1-2-2.
• Game 2 •
MHS (1) — Crist 3-1-1-0, B. Schrag 3-0-0-0, C. Kerr 3-0-3-1, Scott 3-0-0-0, James 2-0-1-0, Fitzmorris 2-0-0-0, Feil 2-0-1-0, Stockham 1-0-1-0, Pacey 2-0-0-0.