WINFIELD — A difficult 8-7 first-game loss seemed to take everything out of McPherson High’s softball team as it wrapped up the regular season on Thursday being swept by Winfield.
After a 13-0 second-game loss, the Bullpups finished 7-13 as they now prepare for upcoming regional play in Hays. MHS was 5-5 in league play.
MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said her team played hard in the first game, which featured a four-hit onslaught from Grace Colaw, while Bailea Crist and Teagan Pacey had two apiece.
“It was a tough-fought game till the bottom of the fifth where we again could not defend with two outs,” Fitzmorris said. “Our inability to make routine plays is our wrench this season. We are unable to maintain our composure through seven innings. We hit well, but so did they and they proved it in Game 2. We had no answer. Our pitching allowed too many earned runs and when you add errors scattered about, it is not good enough to win.”
Even though MHS is 7-13, it has the good fortune to be in a winnable regional. Hays entered Thursday at .500, while the other three teams are sub-.500 and MHS probably will be the No. 2 seed when the tourney is played on May 17.
Complete box scores are not available.
MHS’ JVs wrapped up, winning Game 1 7-4 and losing Game 2 12-3.
Emily Smith and Lexi Howard both had two hits, including a double each. Randie Baker also had a double.
“Every girl improved her skills this season and that is the ultimate goal of our JV program,” MHS coach Lacey Morgan said.