Softball Bullpups split with Rockets

By Steve Sell
April 18, 2017
Kendall Shaw

ROSE HILL — McPherson High’s softball team snapped a six-game losing streak in Game 2 of Monday’s twinbill with Rose Hill.

After MHS lost the first game 10-6, it bounced back to win the nightcap 5-4 with a run in the top of the seventh. It was the Bullpups’ first win since opening the season with a victory over Andale.

The first-inning bubagoo did the Bullpups in once again in Game 1 as they permitted three runs and had to play from behind.

“We had some early errors in the first inning that led to an early lead for the Rockets,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said.

MHS’ Bailea Crist continued her hot hitting by going 3 for 4 and knocked a ball out of the park for a homer. MHS had 11 hits in all.

MHS won the second game after the Rockets had tied it with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Brooke Schrag was the hero with a solo home run in the seventh.

The defense was much better with just one error, backing a strong pitching performance from Addie Fitzmorris. Mayci James made a diving catch in left field for the game’s final out.

“I was proud the girls did not stop fighting after a Game 1 loss, it is easy to get down in that situation,” Danica Fitzmorris said. “Game 2 was a thriller and was desperately needed for these girls to get back on track.”

Crist had two more hits to finish the day with five and Sheridan Scott also had two hits.

MHS, 2-6, is home Friday to take on Salina South, weather permitting as heavy storms are in the forecast.

The MHS JVs lost Game 1 12-1 with Emily Smith scoring the only run, but the Bullpups stormed back for a 13-8 victory in the nightcap.

Ariana Potter was 4 for 4 to lead the way and scored three runs. Katelyn Guffey, Arynn Almquist, Sally Boese and Tayler Schroeder all had two hits. Guffey was the winning pitcher.

“Game 1 we faced the best pitcher we’ve seen all season and could not get our bats going until the third inning,” MHS coach Lacey Morgan said. “Game 2 we were able to come out swinging from the get go. The girls got really hot in the top of the fifth feeding off each other’s energy. Much better defensive outing in Game 2 as well.”