ANDALE — Anytime you split with Andale in softball, that’s not a bad day since it’s generally one of the best teams in the state.
McPherson High opened its season on the road Monday by splitting with the Indians, so the day had to be considered somewhat of a success.
The Bullpups won a tense 3-2 decision in Game 1 behind some solid pitching by Elle Schrag and some good defensive plays behind her.
“Elle pitched a great game,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “Great defense, with Gracy Feil having a game-changing diving fielding stop and toss to second for the second out of the sixth inning.”
MHS scored all its runs in the fifth inning.
It was all Andale in Game 2, 11-1. Addie Fitzmorris started and Bailea Crist came on in relief.
Fitzmorris said Mayci James had a terrific defensive play and Halle Gidding had a couple of solid plays.
A problem, Fitzmorris said, was the Bullpups left 10 runners on base.
The MHS JVs lost the first game 11-1, but bounced back for a 6-2 win. Sally Boese picked up the win, with solid defense by Sandra White and Arianna Potter.
MHS is home for the first time today taking on Winfield in a pair of make-up games. First pitch is 4 p.m. at Grant Complex.