Friends ends Bulldogs' softball season

By Steve Sell
May 05, 2018

GREAT BEND — McPherson College’s softball season came to an end on Friday as the Bulldogs lost to Friends 6-2 in the loser’s bracket of the KCAC Postseason Tournament.

Mac finished the season with a 27-24 record as it broke the school record for victories in a season.

“All year, this team prided itself on always stepping on the field ready to go," Mac coach Ashley Hickman said. "That was no different today. We still had opportunities where we could have scored or where we could hold them defensively. Unfortunately, we weren't able to come through in those spots, but they gave it their all until the final pitch."

Friends determined the outcome early, jumping out to a 6-0 lead against Bulldog ace pitcher Christie Betker, who completed another remarkable season as she is rewriting the Mac record book.

“Christie's a great leader when it comes to being in the circle and getting the job done," Hickman said. "She pushed herself until her final pitch. She's just a sophomore, though, so she still has time to grow and more time to improve and that will make the team better as well."

She finished the year with remarkable 233 strikeouts and has 393 for her career. The Bulldogs always knew when she was on the mound, they had a great chance to win as she kept them in every game.

Jessica Jones led Mac with two hits, one of them a double. 

The future is bright for the Bulldogs, as they started only one senior, Taylor Hires-Caulk. The only other seniors were Valerie Romero and Amanda Connell.

“Considering there was just one senior in the lineup, that bodes well for the future,” Hickman said. “The rest all have room to grow and mature and the focus now will be on getting timely production."

Tabor and Ottawa advanced to today’s finals. Ottawa eliminated Bethany College 6-1 in a loser’s bracket game Friday and went 3-0 on the day.