BUHLER — The season came to an end for the McPherson High softball team on Tuesday with a 9-0 loss to Abilene in the first round of the Class 4A Division I regional.
The Cowgirls used that win as a springboard as they knocked off top seed Hays 12-6 in the championship game to move on to state with an 8-14 record.
It was the same formula that did MHS in — the big inning and defense.
It was a 0-0 game until the fourth when the Cowgirls scored three runs, then added four in the fifth. MHS struggled in the field with six errors.
Taylor Bruce collected two of the four MHS hits.
Addie Fitzmorris took the loss despite striking out nine and throwing 18 first-pitch strikes.
The Bullpups finished the season with a 4-17 record.
“You can't win a game without stringing together hits and scoring runs,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “We could not find our bats against the slower-pitching Cowgirl team. We just couldn't find our rhythm in the box.”
The Bullpups had to make some changes on defense, which in turn led to some gift Abilene runs.
“Addie Fitzmorris gave up eight hits, with nine K's, one walk and one earned run on the evening. She pitched it well enough for us to win, but our six errors allowed eight runs and left our team in the losing column,” Fitzmorris said. “We were charged with making changes in the field because freshman Taylor Casebeer was injured in our last home game against Wellington. That loss ended up hurting us. Error-free softball is dependent on consistency, that was not on option for us last night. We charged the girls to look adversity in the face and learn from it. In a losing season it is hard to keep your composure and keep fighting. Our girls never stopped, they did not blame each other and worked till the last out. When softball gives you losses, look for good in the life lessons you learn from it.”