Softball regional very winnable for MHS

By Steve Sell
May 16, 2016
Kendall Shaw

A common lament for McPherson High’s athletic teams is that they always seem to be placed in the toughest Class 4A Division I regionals.

For one of the rare instances, though, that’s not the case for Tuesday’s regional softball tournament in Hays.

In fact, it’s a regional that’s begging for a team to emerge. None of the four have a winning record and the combined marks of the teams is 22-52. Buhler, in fact, is winless on the year.

So McPherson High has to be thinking, “Why not us?”

The Bullpups are the No. 3 seed with a 7-13 record and play No. 2 seed Ulysses, which is 7-11. Game time is 3 p.m., with the championship game at 6:00.

“We are ready for Tuesday with a matchup that gives us a really good chance at a return trip to state,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “Ulysses and Hays have had very similar seasons to ours. Up and down with inconsistency. We hope to find our way out of the error-and score-ridden inning that has plagued us this season, and play with focus and intentionality.”

The Bullpups certainly have played much better than their record indicates. They have lost some close games and the biggest problem has been just catching the ball. The team has made uncharacteristic errors, especially since it still has several members who played in the state championship game two years ago.

The news is good on the injury front as Chelsey Kerr is ready to go following a nasty collision at first base in the final home game and Elle Schrag would be available for state as she’s about a week away as she’s been out with broken finger.

Fitzmorris is still mulling over her pitching order, as it will be either Bailea Crist or Addie Fitzmorris.