SALINA — A 4-1-1 weekend netted the McPherson 16U Lady Express the championship in tournament play at Salina.
The team opened with a 9-5 win over the Kansas Smoke, which featured multiple-hit games by Halle Giddings and Teegan Krol, with the win going to Addie Fitzmorris.
The second game was a 3-3 tie with GH Heat 18 Lutz. Haley Miller had a triple as the Express garnered only three hits. Krol and Fitzmorris pitched.
The final pool play game was a 6-3 loss to the Blue Aces. Miller and Taylor Bruce had two hits apiece. Fitzmorris pitched.
In bracket play, McPherson started with a 9-3 victory over the Blue Sox. Bruce rapped out three hits and Jayci Mastre drove in two runs to back the pitching of Fitzmorris.
In the semifinals, McPherson got the better of GH Heat Lutz 18 this time by an 8-6 tally. Giddings had two hits and Fitzmorris was the winner.
The championship game was actually the easiest of the weekend as McPherson was impressive in a 14-2 victory over the Blue Aces as they avenged the earlier loss. Bruce had a monster game by going 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Miller and Krol drove in two runs. Fitzmorris was the winning pitcher.