2-2 weekend for softball Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
February 19, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

McPherson College’s softball team took advantage of some rare nice February weather to play four games at home this weekend, going 2-2.

The team split a pair of doubleheaders as they took on Northwestern Iowa and Hastings College.

On Saturday the Bulldogs lost 4-3 to Northwestern Iowa, but came back to earn the split with a 4-1 victory.

Today, the Bulldogs again lost Game 1 against Hastings College 14-10, but came back to earn the split with a 6-4 success.

Mac is now 3-6 on the year.

• Northwestern Iowa 4, Mac 3 — The Bulldogs were up 2-0 early, but Northwestern scored three in the second and pushed across the eventual winner in the sixth. Chelsea Conrad and Judith Salazar stroked two hits apiece for Mac. Salazar’s were for extra bases as she had a triple and double. Sydney Lang pitched well, fanning eight, but took the loss.

• Mac 4, Northwestern Iowa 1 — Christie Belker was nails for the Bulldogs, pitching a four-hitter and fanning 12 in one of the best Mac pitching efforts in recent years. McPherson High product Azaria Romero had two hits to lead the offense.

• Hastings College 14, Mac 10 — The Bulldogs appeared to be on their way to the win, but the Broncos scored four runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh for the come-from-behind victory. It was a monster game for Mac’s Kortney Jones, who had a homer, two singles and four RBIs. Salazar had three more hits, one a double, Jessica Jones had two hits and Romero had two RBIs.

• Mac 6, Hastings 4 — The Bulldogs got up and dusted themselves off after the tough first-game loss, holding off Hastings’ late rally for the win. Mac was up 6-2 when the Broncos scored twice in the sixth. Conrad’s two doubles led the Bulldogs, and Jones and Erica Almaraz both added two hits. Kylee Martin was the winner, with relief help from Katie Usdansky.

Mac is off until Saturday when Baker comes to town for two games.