|
|
|
McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups take split with Andale in home opener

  • Mother Nature decided to smile on the Bullpups somewhat Thursday and Abby Steiner took advantage, shutting down defending Class 4A State champion Andale 4-3 in game one of a doubleheader at Wall Park.
    • email print
      Comment
  • Mother Nature decided to smile on the Bullpups somewhat Thursday and Abby Steiner took advantage, shutting down defending Class 4A State champion Andale 4-3 in game one of a doubleheader at Wall Park.
    The Indians turned around, though, and shot down McPherson 7-3 in game two.
    “It was sort of an odd night of softball all around,” MHS coach Cody Stuck said. “Our pitching and defense was very solid in the first game, but we only had one hit and Andale helped us out with defensive errors. Then, in game two, we hit better, but our defensive errors allowed them several unearned runs.”
    Steiner went the full seven innings in game one of the doubleheader, never really seeming to get into too much trouble on the mound.
    In fact, the senior hurler had a no-hitter going through four innings, before Andale managed to get on-base. Steiner ended up striking out seven, including the final out of the game to preserve the win.
    The Bullpups took the lead in the sixth inning on a Paige Regnier single that was mishandled by the Andale infield, which allowed a pair of runs to come home. MHS scored two more in the inning to take the 4-3 lead.
    In game two, the Indians showed why they are the defending 4A champs, as they took advantage of a few, key McPherson mistakes to take the 7-3 win.
    Andale had a run in each of the second, fourth and sixth innings, and added a four-run seventh to take the win.
    McPherson got all their runs in the bottom of the sixth, with senior Kayley Schmidt driving in two off a single and freshman Chelsey Kerr adding one.
    Marissa Axelson took the loss for McPherson, working six innings and striking out five batters while walking seven. Madison Hoffman pitched one inning of relief, striking out one batter.
    Stucky was happy his Bullpups got the win in the first game, but felt they should have pulled the sweep.
    “Any time you can get a team on the ropes and have a chance for a big sweep, you have to take advantage of it,” Stucky said. “Especially at home.”
    McPherson (1-1) is back at Grant Sports Complex Monday afternoon for a doubleheader against Winfield. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

        calendar