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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bethany softball sweeps Mac College 7-3, 16-2

  • The McPherson College softball team took to the field for the first time in over two weeks Wednesday, showing signs of rust as they were swept by inter-county rival Bethany 7-3 and 16-2.
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  • The McPherson College softball team took to the field for the first time in over two weeks Wednesday, showing signs of rust as they were swept by inter-county rival Bethany 7-3 and 16-2.
    “I don’t want to make excuses,” Mac College coach Mike McCormick said, “but, the long lay-off didn’t help. Trying to get live pitching all the time, it’s hard to keep focused.”
    McPherson started out well, scoring first in the first inning of game one. Bethany responded with a three-run first inning and followed it up with a three-run fifth.
    The Bulldogs put on the rally-caps in the top of the sixth, as they cut the lead in half with a two-run inning. The Swedes answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, then relief pitcher Camille McIver struck out two of the three McPherson batters in the top of the seventh to preserve the win.
    “Camille (McIver) did a good job coming in that last inning,” Bethany coach Janice Esses said. “She really put the game away.”
    Bethany picked up their seven runs on 10 hits, with short stop Nicole Felker having the hot hand at the plate, hitting 3-for-4 with a run scored. Jordan Blakesley had four RBIs for the Swedes.
    “Solid hitting is something we’ve been working on,” Esses said. “We’ve been kind of inconsistent all year long. We were fortunate to get some runners on base and then get some timely hits.”
    Jennifer Garcia picked up the game one win on the mound, going six innings and giving up three runs on four hits. She struck out eight and walked three.
    Allison Love took the loss for McPherson, pitching six innings. Ariel McGee went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead game one with an RBI and two runs scored.
    The Bulldogs (4-11, 0-2 KCAC) once more jumped out to a quick, first-inning lead, but the Swedes responded with a five-run bottom half to take the lead.
    They added two more in the third and opened up the throttle in the fourth, scoring nine. McPherson had no answer after that and the game was called after the top of the fifth with Bethany winning 16-2.
    McIver had the win off a complete game, giving up the two Mac College runs on eight hits. She struck out five batters.
    Love took the loss in game two, pitching an inning and giving up six runs on seven hits.
    Bethany (18-12, 4-2 KCAC) had their 16 runs off of 21 hits, which included a spectacular hitting display from McIver. The sophomore had a triple and a home run from 2-for-4 hitting, driving in five total runs and scoring two. Kelli Traffas also hit a home run for the Swedes and went 3-for-4 at the plate.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ashley Love and Amanda Baxter both had RBIs for McPherson.
    The Swedes are next in action Saturday with a road doubleheader against Saint Mary.
    McPherson was to have hosted Southwestern College this evening, but those games have been moved to April 27.
    The Bulldogs will be at home Saturday, however, against Friends University, with the doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter, @SwickSentinel.
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