SALINA — Salina Central was the perfect bounce-back opponent for McPherson High in its season-ending softball twinbill on Tuesday.
The Bullpups, who were swept for the first time this season in their last outing, dominated the Mustangs 9-3 and 11-0 to complete their first regular season under coach Danica Fitzmorris with a 14-6 record.
The Bullpups will be home Tuesday for regional action, with pairings to be determined.
“Coming off of the two losses to Salina South and Great Bend, we needed these games before we roll into regionals next Tuesday at Grant (Complex),” Fitzmorris said. “All three pitchers (Madison Hoffman, Marissa Axelson and Elle Schrag) did a solid job on the mound, and we feel really comfortable with the rotation we have established there. Defensively, if we play like this, and our bats show up, we will make a strong showing at regionals. The girls are excited and ready to play and hopefully make history.”
MHS has never made state in softball.
It was a big day for Hoffman. She had five hits in the two games (one of them a triple) and twirled the shutout in the second game. She struck out six and walked two.
Also coming up huge was Jasmine Wann, who had two homers, one of them out of the park. Chelsey Kerr had an inside-the-park homer, and Gracy Feil had a triple and double.
For the day, the Bullpups had 32 hits, 19 of those in the second game.
In the first game, Schrag was the winner with Axelson working in relief.
The complete box score was not available.
MHS’ JV team ended the year 9-11 after a couple of one-run losses, 4-3 and 1-0.
MHS out-hit Central 11-5 in the first game, but left a village on the bases. Grace Colaw led the way with three hits, and Teagan Pacey and Mayci James had two apiece. Ashlee May took the loss.
The second game featured terrific pitching as Elle Schrag took the loss despite allowing just two hits. Pacey and Olivia Rettig had the only Bullpup hits.