McPherson High’s girls softball team is trying to build some momentum heading into the postseason.
In a battle of teams that took second place in their respective state tournaments last year, the Class 4A Bullpups recorded a pair of 8-4 victories over Class 5A Maize South here Monday to improve to 11-7. MHS has just one twinbill left, that on May 7 when it hosts Winfield on Senior Day.
MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris was pleased with the day.
"They were focused and determined, exactly where we need to be at this point in the season," she said. "The entire team contributed on the offensive side, with several girls having several hits on the night. We kept the ball down, which allows us to run the bases, and we hit and scored in several innings."
MHS jumped on the Mavericks early in Game 1, scoring four runs in the first inning and two in the second for a 6-1 lead. It was 8-1 after four before the Mavs scored the final three runs.
The MHS defense showed improvement with just two errors and third baseman Stevie Stockham made some nice picks. Madison Hoffman picked up the win and helped her own cause with five RBIs. Hannah Marshall had a huge game as well with two hits and she scored three runs. Sheridan Scott and Gracy Feil had two hits as well as MHS accumulated 12 in the game.
MHS again jumped out early in Game 2, leading 4-1 after three innings. The Mavericks did get as close as 4-2, but the Bullpups erupted for four runs in the sixth to put the game away.
The Bullpups pounded out 11 more hits, 10 of them singles. Hoffman, Scott and Stockham all had two hits, with Scott and Chelsey Kerr driving in two runs apiece. Kerr and Bailea Crist scored two runs apiece.
Crist got the start on the mound and worked around 11 hits to pick up the win and walked only two. The Bullpups gave up just one unearned run as they played good defense on a difficult day as a strong north wind made every fly ball an adventure.
Just one JV game was played and the Bullpups dominated for a 16-1 victory. Grace Colaw was credited with five RBIs, while Elle Schrag scored three runs and drove in two. Callie Tolbert had two hits and two RBIs. Halle Giddins furnished two hits and scored three runs. Bailey Boyett also scored three runs.
Schrag was the winner, striking out 10 in four innings.
MHS (8) — Crist 3-1-1-0, Farney 4-2-0-0, Marshall 4-3-2-0, Kerr 4-1-1-0, Hoffman 4-1-2-5, Scott 4-0-2-1, Stockham 4-0-1-1, Feil 3-0-2-0, James 3-0-1-0.
MHS (8) — Crist 3-2-1-1, Farney 4-1-1-1, Marshall 4-1-1-0, Kerr 4-2-1-2, Hoffman 4-1-2-0, Scott 4-0-2-2, Stockham 4-1-2-0, E. Schrag 3-0-0-0, Feil 3-0-1-1.