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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups steamroll Salina Central on Senior Night

  • McPherson High School's softball team honored their four seniors Tuesday with the best possible gift; making them the winningest class in MHS history with a 16-1, 15-0 sweep of Salina Central.
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  • McPherson High School's softball team honored their four seniors Tuesday with the best possible gift; making them the winningest class in MHS history with a 16-1, 15-0 sweep of Salina Central.
    The sweep gives seniors Paige Middleton, Azaria Romero, Kayley Schmidt and Abby Steiner 54 total wins, two more than the 2012 senior class had to set the prior record.
    "Doing it on Senior night, that's a pretty neat deal," McPherson coach Cody Stucky said. "They've had lot of success out here at home, so it was a good way to send them off."
    MHS (14-6, 8-2 AVCTL Div. III) jumped out to a 9-0 lead after a first inning that saw the Pups make their way through the line up a couple of times. Junior Paige Regnier had four RBI's in two at-bats in the first inning to highlight the Bullpup offense.
    The Pups added three in the second inning and four in the fourth to get the run-rule victory.
    Salina Central got their one in the first, but Steiner worked her grove on the mound the rest of the way, giving up only the one run on three total hits and striking out three.
    The Pups scored their 16 runs off of 15 hits.
    A three-inning game two was highlighted by the efforts of Madison Hoffman and Marissa Axelson.
    Hoffman had an inside-the-park home run that sparked a 10-run Bullpup first inning, while Axelson was perfect on the mound, throwing the no-hitter against the Mustang offense.
    Axelson faced 11 Salina Central batters in the no-hitter, striking out 11.
    Hoffman finished with five RBI's on the afternoon, as did Regnier, who had one in game two. Middleton, Romero and Chelsey Kerr all had three RBI's total.
    "They did a good job, especially in that second game, of sitting back and letting the ball travel," Stucky said. "It was good to see the girls going up the middle against a girl that was throwing a little slower."
    The JV Bullpups also had no issues dispatching the Mustangs, winning game one 18-3 and game two 19-0.
    The JV squad has one more regular season game to play, Thursday in a make up at Buhler.
    The Pups now await their Class 4A Smoky Valley Regional brackets, which were to have been announced today but were unavailable at press time.
    MHS had been sitting at fourth in the seedings behind Clay Center, Smoky Valley and Rock Creek.

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