Monday’s doubleheader for McPherson High School against Augusta was, admittedly, a little emotional.

Monday’s doubleheader for McPherson High School against Augusta was, admittedly, a little emotional.
It was the first time since losing senior center fielder Kiley Kerr to a season-ending knee injury April 7 that the Bullpups were in a game situation.
“We talked a little about it the second game,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said after the Bullpups split with the Orioles. “And I got a little emotional, because you can be done in an instant. I told the girls they just have to play every game like it’s your last, because it could be. For [Kerr], we’re going to fight back and get better.”
The Pups did fight with all they had in game one of the double header, as they upended Augusta 8-4. The Orioles entered Grant Sports Complex Monday with a 7-1 record.
The Orioles had a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the second inning, but the Pups (7-3) exploded for four runs to take a 6-4 lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Hannah Marshall sparked the offensive effort in the second with a two-RBI double to left field.
MHS added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and sat the Orioles down in order in the seventh to solidify the win.
Madison Hoffman was the workhorse for the Bullpups Monday, as the junior went the full game in the early contest to get the win, giving up eight hits and four walks but allowing only four earned runs.
Marissa Axelson had the start in game two, but only went two-thirds of an inning before running into trouble, giving up five runs on one hit. Hoffman closed out the first and finished out game two, giving up eight more runs as Augusta blitzed McPherson 13-3 in a run-rule shortened game.
“Maddie did great,” Fitzmorris said. “She has a lot of stamina. Marissa, when she gets down, she needs to dig in and fight back, mentally. She can do it and can’t leave all the load to Maddie. So, we need to work on that.”
Chelsey Kerr went 3-for-4 at the plate in game one and drove in two. Marshall was 2-for-4, a double and a triple, with three RBIs. Jasmine Wann also had two hits.
In game two, the Pups only managed two hits. Axelson had one of those, a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning.
The JV squad was slammed in game one by Augusta 23-2. They then fell just short in game two 11-8,
The Pups are off until April 28, when they host Buhler.

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