The long climb is over.
McPherson College’s softball team is finally back to the .500 mark after sweeping Mid-America Christian here Friday.
The streaking Bulldogs have won six in a row to level their record at 12-12. They are home at 1 p.m. today to take on Haskell, then open KCAC play Wednesday at Wichita against Friends, the team many believe will win the conference.
• Mac 1, Mid-America 0 — The Bulldogs’ Christie Betker has to be in the running for KCAC Freshman of the Year.
The Bulldog ace pitcher from Reno, Nev., was dazzling in the opener by pitching the shutout and the only run she needed came in the sixth with reigning KCAC Player of the Week Kortney Jones doubled in Linsey Kramer.
The normally hot-hitting Bulldogs were limited to four hits, but Betker was even better as she threw a two-hitter. She walked one and fanned seven in the overpowering performance.
• Mac 6, Mid-America 5 — The Bulldogs started fast with three first-inning runs, but then found themselves behind 4-3 after Mid-America scored twice in the fifth and sixth innings.
Mac tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh, then the teams swapped runs in the eighth before the Bulldogs scored a walk-off victory in the ninth on a Judith Salazar sac fly that scored Amanda Connell.
Mac slapped out 11 hits, two each by Salazar, Jessica Jones, Chelsea Conrad and Azaria Romero, while Salazar and Ali Smith knocked in two apiece.
Betker was the winner in relief of Sydney Lang.
“Tonight's wins were team wins," Mac coach Ashley Spencer said. "We made great plays on defense, which helped ignite our offense. Christie and Sydney pitched well to help keep the games close."