Given the wretched weather conditions, McPherson High’s softball team didn’t want to spend anymore time on the diamond than it had to.
The Bullpups seemed unaffected by the howling wind conditions on Monday, polishing off Buhler in a pair of run-rule games, 11-1 and 14-3.
MHS improved to 9-3 with the sweep.
"We had a great pair of offensive games," MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. "Defensively, we had only three errors all night. We backed our pitchers well and had some really heads-up plays. All in all, these athletes did what the coaching staff expects them to do. Our season outlook depends on how we handle the mental pressure that will be put on us from the quality teams left on our schedule."
Madison Hoffman was nothing short of spectacular in the first game. She picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven and walking only one.
She also was the offensive instigator, clubbing a triple, double and single, good for three RBIs.
Other hitting standouts were Stephanie Farney (2 for 2, two runs scored, two RBIs), Nicole Cheek (2 for 3, two runs scored, one RBI) and Stevie Stockham (2 for 3).
The Bullpups were a model of offensive consistency, scoring two runs in the first, then three runs in each of the next three innings. Buhler’s only run came in the second inning.
While the outcome was never in doubt in the second game, it did end in dramatic fashion on a walk-off homer by Chelsey Kerr.
Kerr had a monster game, as she also tripled and drove in three runs. Others with big games were Hoffman (2 for 2, two runs scored, three RBIs), Hannah Marshall (double, single), Jasmine Wann (two hits) and Gracy Feil (3 for 3, two runs scored).
A seven-run second inning allowed freshman pitcher Elle Schrag to relax, as she pitched the Bullpups to the victory. She scattered six hits and whiffed three.
In JV action, the teams split lopsided contests. MHS needed only 2 1/2 innings to win the first game 17-2, then the Crusaders unloaded in the second game for a 25-5 victory.
Offensive stickouts for the Bullpups in Game 1 were Paige Gottwald (3 for 4, three RBIs), Kaylee Hardin (2 for 3, two runs), Elle Schrag (3 for 3, three runs scored), Teagan Peacy (homer, three hits, four RBIs), Mayci James (3 for 3, three RBIs, two runs scored) and Grace Colaw (2 for 2, two runs scored, two RBIs).
Schrag struck out eight in just three innings for the win.
In the second game, Colaw had two hits for the Bullpups, who bowed in three innings. Olivia Rettig clubbed a triple and Pacey had a a double. MHS is 6-6 on the year.
The Bullpups remain at home on Thursday, weather permitting, to play Mulvane. First pitch is 4 p.m.
MHS (11) — Hoffman 3-2-3-3, Axelson 3-1-1-1, Marshall 3-1-1-1, C. Kerr 2-0-0-0, Farney 2-2-2-2, Wann 2-1-0-0, Cheek 3-2-2-1, Stockham 3-1-2-0, Feil 2-1-0-1.
MHS (14) — Hoffman 2-2-2-3, Axelson 4-1-1-0, Marshall 4-2-2-1, C. Kerr 3-3-2-3, Wann 2-1-2-0, Cheek 3-1-1-0, Farney 3-1-1-1, Feil 3-2-3-1, B. Schrag 2-1-1-0.