Normalcy returned Thursday for the McPherson High softball team.
After experiencing some anxious moments during an unexpected 1-3 start to the season, Class 4A Division I’s second-best team last year looked like its old self at Grant Complex with a 7-1 and 3-2 sweep of Rose Hill to even its record at 3-3.
“I was really pleased with our performance tonight,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “We were able to see pitching from three different girls and they all did a great job of hitting pitch locations. Jazz Wann did a great job behind the plate, she had some nice pickoff attempts to Hannah Marshall that never seem to get called. Both those girls work really hard.”
There also was some nice outfield defense.
“Our outfield covered ground well and Brooke Schrag made an inning-ending colliding catch in left field with Mayci James,” Fitzmorris said. “Both were shaken up and I am so glad that neither girl was seriously injured. But that could have changed the course of the entire (second) game had it been missed. That ball could not have any more centered between those ladies and they both gave a great effort to get to the ball. I am not sure how Brooke kept it in her glove.”
The Bullpups had a no-stress first game as Madison Hoffman pitched MHS to the win, scattering eight hits. The Bullpups had only one error in the game.
MHS ripped three triples in the first inning to score three runs, with Bailea Crist, Wann and Hoffman doing the honors. The Bullpups added three more runs in the third, with the big hit a two-run double by Stevie Stockham and Stephanie Farney also had a double.
There was much more to sweat about in Game 2. It was 1-1 until the fifth when MHS scored two runs and that proved to be the difference.
Chelsey Kerr was 3 for 3, while Wann added two hits. Hoffman had the only extra-base hit, a double.
Crist was the winner, going four innings. Elle Schrag earned the save. Both allowed one run apiece.
MHS will try to get on a roll now as it plays Monday at Circle, which generally has a decent team.
The JV team also recorded a sweep, 3-2 and 5-2.
Elle Schrag and Grace Colaw had doubles in the first game as MHS scored all its runs in the first inning. Schrag was the winner.
Kenzie Goering pitched a nifty three-hitter in Game 2 and received a triple from Sheridan Scot and a double by Grace Bruton for offensive support. Goering had two RBIs and Scott collected two hits. The JVs are now 4-2.
MHS (7) — Crist 4-1-2-0, Wann 4-1-1-1, Marshall 3-0-0-1, Kerr 3-2-2-0, Hoffman 3-2-2-1, Stockham 3-1-12, B. Schrag 1-0-0-0, Farney 2-0-2-1, James 3-0-1-0, Feil 3-0-0-0.
MHS (3) — Crist 3-2-1-0, Wann 3-1-2-0, Marshall 2-0-0-1, Kerr 3-0-3-1, Hoffman 3-0-1-0, Stockham 1-0-0-0, E. Schrag 1-0-0-0, Farney 3-0-1-0, James 2-0-0-0, Feil 3-0-0-0.