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  • Bullpups go 1-1 against Great Bend, Salina South

  • The two games McPherson High played Friday against Great Bend and Salina South were on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
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  • The two games McPherson High played Friday against Great Bend and Salina South were on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
    In game one, the Bullpups looked flat offensively in a 5-1 loss to Great Bend. Game two, however, saw MHS play with the intensity missing in the early contest in a 14-4 drubbing of the Cougars.
    McPherson had trouble handling Great Bend ace Hunter Middleton, who struck out 12 Bullpups over the seven innings of play.
    “(Middleton) was pretty legit,” McPherson coach Cody Stucky said. “The wind helped her pitches move a lot, but we just had a lot of girls swinging and missing.”
    Neither team was able to really gain a foothold through the first four innings, with MHS pitcher Marissa Axelson battling her way out of a couple of tough jams in the fourth to keep the game scoreless.
    The Panthers, however, took advantage of a few mental lapses by the Pups in the fifth inning to score five runs.
    McPherson got their run across in the bottom of the frame, as Madison Hoffman ripped a single to shallow left that scored Paige Middleton.
    Only three Pups got hits in game one, as Kiley Kerr, Chelsey Kerr and Hoffman each had one.
    Axelson took the loss for McPherson.
    After a break to allow Great Bend and Salina South play their game, the Pups faced off with the Cougars in the nightcap, run-ruling Salina South 14-4 in five innings.
    “I was very pleased with the way we came out with energy after a pretty ugly first game,” Stucky said. “It’s always extra sweet to beat South, especially by run-rule.”
    Offensively, the Pups got hits off each of the four Cougar pitchers they faced in the game.
    Azaria Romero drove in five runs and scored three runs off 2-for-3 hitting. Kiley Kerr went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Paige Regnier was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Chelsey Kerr went 2-for-4 and had three RBI’s.
    Abby Steiner picked up the game two win, walking one and striking out three.
    “(Steiner) did a nice job of controlling the strike zone and working ahead the entire night,” Stucky said.
    The JV dropped both of their games Friday, falling 13-3 to Great Bend and 14-13 to Salina South.
    McPherson moves to 12-6 on the season after Friday. The were fifth in the regional standings prior to the two games.
    The Pups have one more home doubleheader Tuesday, as Salina Central comes to town with a 4 p.m. start time. The JV will have a make-up doubleheader against Andale on Thursday.
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