WICHITA — The McPherson Lady Express U16 softball team has yet to face a challenge in the Under-16 ranks and showed they weren’t intimidated in the Under-18 ranks by blasting through the competition at the 2013 Summer Slam tournament Saturday and Sunday in Wichita.
McPherson went 6-0 over the two-day tournament, including picking up two wins each over the Lady Reds and Velocity Softball.
The first game of the tournament Saturday against the Lady Reds proved to be the toughest game the Lady Express would have, as they won 7-4 after going up 5-0 going into the third inning. Allison Weber picked up the win on the mound, going all five innings and giving up four runs off 10 hits. She struck out two and walked three.
Mandy Linden went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead McPherson (26-0).
The Lady Express erupted for nine third-inning runs against the Butler County Extreme on their way to an 11-0 blow out. Julie Sinclair picked up the win, going the first three inning before giving way to Madison Hoffman. Marissa Axelson went 2-for-2 with a double and an run scored.
McPherson then moved onto the Manhattan Sting, winning 9-0. Sinclair again picked up the win, again turning things over to Hoffman to preserve the shutout. Weber went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Hoffman, Chelsey Kerr and Jasmine Wann all added doubles during the rout.
The Express rounded out their Saturday with a 10-4 win over Velocity Softball. McPherson blew the lid off with a five-run second inning, highlighted by a Chelsey Kerr two-RBI triple to left field. Weber picked up the win on the mound, giving up four runs off six hits. She struck out one and walked three.
Sunday saw a rematch with the Lady Reds, which McPherson won 10-3. Sinclair was the winner.
Velocity jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the first inning, but McPherson shrugged it off and went on to win 14-5. Sinclair again picked up the win, while Hannah Marshall was 3-for-3 with four RBIs.
Due to space limitations, box scores will appear in Wednesday’s Sentinel.