Softball Bulldogs spoil Eagles' title hopes

By Steve Sell
April 30, 2018

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — McPherson College’s softball team wrapped up regular-season play on Saturday by playing spoiler in the KCAC race.

Mac won Game 1 from Oklahoma Wesleyan 2-1, but the Eagles gained the split with another one-run decision, 3-2. The first-game loss proved to be crucial for Oklahoma Wesleyan as it wound up finishing a game back of conference champion Tabor.

The Bulldogs finished KCAC play 11-11 and tied for fifth place with Saint Mary in the standings, but the Spires will be the No. 5 seed and Mac the No. 6 in the KCAC Postseason Tournament because the Spires swept the regular-season doubleheader.

Mac is 26-22 overall on the season.

The Bulldogs will play Ottawa at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the KCAC Postseason Tournament at Great Bend. It’s a double-elimination tournament that will be contested on two fields over three days.

In Game 1, the Bulldogs broke a 1-all tie with a run in the sixth for the victory. Christie Betker allowed only five hits and struck out four to pick up the decision. Jessica Jones and Chelsea Conrad had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs, while Jenna Christensen and Destiny Bacon drove in runs.

In Game 2, the Eagles scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning and then held off Mac in the seventh as the Bulldogs were hitless until that inning when it scored its two runs. The big hit was an RBI double by Erica Almaraz.

Betker was the tough-luck loser as she pitched her second complete game of the day.