Danica Fitzmorris knows it’s virtually impossible to keep her McPherson High softball team down for an entire game.
Circle thought it was going to pull off the feat here Thursday in MHS’ home opener at Grant Complex. The T-Birds had silenced the Bullpups through 5 1/2 innings to lead 5-1.
But the bats finally started to boom in the sixth inning, as the Bullpups exploded for nine runs to a key a 10-6 victory. They completed the sweep in the second game by waltzing to a 12-4 decision to improve to 6-2 on the year.
The big blast in the first game was a three-run triple by Hannah Marshall. Until then, the Bullpups had struggled.
Marissa Axelson had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Bullpups. Madison Hoffman drove in a pair of runs.
Hoffman earned the win in relief, going 3 1/3 innings and fanning four while walking none.
The second game was vintage Bullpups as they kept the offensive pressure on from start to finish. Jasmine Wann flexed her offensive prowess with a double and single, good for four RBIs. Nicole Cheek and Stevie Stockham provided some punch at the bottom of the order with two hits apiece, while Chelsey Kerr got on base constantly to score three runs.
Hoffman pitched a nice game, as none of the runs she allowed were earned. She scattered eight hits and walked only two, while whiffing three.
The only downer was that center fielder and leadoff hitter Kiley Kerr was injured in the second game and had to be taken out.
The MHS JVs were an easy winner twice.
The first game was a 12-0 rout as Elle Schrag threw a 1-hitter over five innings to earn the win. She did not have a walk and fanned four. An eight-run fourth inning tore the game open.
Gracy Feil and Amanda Linden picked up two hits apiece. Both had doubles, as did Paige Gottwald.
The Bullpups again had an eight-run fourth inning in the second game to highlight a 15-4 victory. Ashlee May went the distance for the victory.
Olivia Rettig was 3 for 3 to lead the way. Feil, May and Teagan Pacey recorded two hits each.
The JVs are now 5-3, including four wins in a row.
The Bullpups continue their 10-game homestand Monday when they host El Dorado.
MHS (10) — K. Kerr 3-1-1-0, Hoffman 1-1-1-2, Marshall 4-1-1-3, C. Kerr 3-2-1-1, Wann 4-1-1-0, Axelson 4-1-2-2, B. Schrag 3-1-0-0, Cheek 3-2-1-1, Stockham 3-0-1-0.
MHS (12) — K. Kerr 2-0-1-0, Farney 2-0-0-0, Hoffman 4-1-1-1, Marshall 3-2-0-0, C. Kerr, 3-3-1-0, Wann 4-2-2-4, Axelson 4-1-0-0, B. Schrag 3-0-0-0, Cheek 4-1-2-1, Stockham 4-2-2-0.