Everything to gain and nothing to lose.
That’s one way McPherson High’s softball team can view Tuesday’s Class 4A Division I Regional Tournament.
MHS will be hosting the four-team event at Grant Complex. Top-seed Wamego, which finished with a rush and is now 10-8, is the clear favorite and opens at 3:00 against one-win Buhler.
The Bullpups, 3-15, take on a similarly struggling Abilene team (5-13) at 4:30, with the winners meeting at 6:00 for the championship.
The Bullpups have to buoyed by a split in their final twinbill of the season as they outslugged Salina South 12-7 in Game 1, then made a big charge in Game 2 to lose only 14-11.
MHS’ strength of schedule could come into play as it also owns a win over 15-5 Andale, which is expected to make state.
The key for the Bullpups is defense. When they make the routine plays, they are competitive with any team. The offense at times has been explosive, such as was the case against Salina South.
“We are really excited to take on Abilene in our regional,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “The girls have been on a roll both offensively and defensively the past few doubleheaders. Our bats have found the ball and the ball has found open field. I have always said we will need to be a hitting team in order to win games. Our defense is good, and our pitchers are too, but we will have girls hit against us. So we need to make wise decisions on the mound and not miss in the middle of the plate as well as play clean games defensively. I think it will come down to who is able to hit best and who is able to defend the hit.”