Softball Bulldogs stay alive

By Steve Sell
May 04, 2018

GREAT BEND — McPherson College’s softball team is still alive in the KCAC Postseason Tournament.

The Bulldogs were edged 3-2 in the first round by Ottawa on Thursday, but stormed back for a 12-4 win over Bethel in the loser’s bracket.

Mac, now 27-23, is playing Friends in today’s 1:00 elimination game. If it wins that game, it plays again at 5:00.

Christie Betker was the tough-luck loser in Game 1, but came right back to earn the victory in Game 2.

In the opener, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead over Ottawa in the third inning, but the Braves answered right back with two in the bottom of the inning. Ottawa scored the winner in the sixth and won the game despite collecting just four hits off Betker.

Jessica Jones led the Bulldogs by going 2 for 3. Maile Deutsch and Jenna Christensen recorded RBIs.

Mac’s game with Bethel was decided late as the Bulldogs scored nine runs over the final three innings.

Destiny Bacon drove in five runs on three hits for the Bulldogs, while Christensen and Deutsch also had three hits. Taylor Hires-Caulk added two hits.

Betker didn’t have her best stuff, but still earned the win. She hung up zeroes until the fifth when the Threshers scored three times.

Bethany College went 1-1 on the day, losing 6-0 to Tabor but blanking Saint Mary, 9-0. The Swedes play Ottawa today at 1:00.

Tabor and Oklahoma Wesleyan were the two teams to go 2-0 on the day.