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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldog softball sweeps windy twinbill from CCC

  • Batting into south winds of 30 miles per hour should have meant that Wednesday’s doubleheader between McPherson College and Central Christian College was a low-scoring affair.
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  • Batting into south winds of 30 miles per hour should have meant that Wednesday’s doubleheader between McPherson College and Central Christian College was a low-scoring affair.
    Instead, the Bulldogs went yard three times in a 12-0 dismantling of the Tigers in game two of the twinbill.
    Mac won a hard fought, nine-inning game one 5-4 to get the season sweep over their cross-town rivals.
    “We hit the ball,” MC coach Mike McCormick said. “That’s the way we play. If we’re on the ball, we can hit it a long ways.”
    Two of the Bulldogs’ three home runs came in the bottom of the second inning of game two.
    McKenna Deckard ripped a solo shot to center field off a 2-2 count from CCC starting pitcher Kristen Hall, this week’s MCAC Pitcher of the Week. Two batters later, Cassandra Moreno knocked a two-run homer over the fence in right-center that also scored Whitney Miller.
    Simone Donaldson put the exclamation point on the Bulldog win with a three-run home run on the first pitch from Tiger reliever Cristina Insua in the bottom of the fourth.
    The day started out looking like Central Christian (14-34) would have a reversal of fortune against the Bulldogs (16-21), who also swept the Tigers April 9 at CCC’s softball field. Neither team was able to get any runs in before the fifth inning, when Central plated three.
    MC scored one in the bottom of the sixth and two in the seventh to force extra innings. Both teams plated a run in the eighth inning, and McPherson got the walk-off win when Miller bunted, which allowed Deckard to make it home for the 5-4 win.
    “Our MO this year, and especially against Mac,” CCC coach Chad Kerr said, “is lose a close one and then the second game is over before it even begins. We fold. I don’t know if that has to do with our age, being a younger team, or lack of heart. But we’ll get there.”
    Kaila Atkinson started game one for McPherson and went four innings, giving up three earned runs off eight his. Ciara Archer, freshly returned to the Bulldog line up just Tuesday, got the win, as she went the final five, giving up four hits, one run and striking out four Tigers.
    Hall went the full game for CCC, as gave up five runs, four earned, on 10 hits. She struck out five.
    McKenzie Frank had two RBI to lead the Bulldogs, while Jenna Kaiser went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
    For the Tigers, Cristina Insua had a 3-for-4 performance, while Ashly Westgarth went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
    Page 2 of 2 - Archer went all five innings in game two, giving up only three hits and striking out three.
    Hall started, but only lasted one inning, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits. Insua took over in the second and gave up eight runs, only three earned, on six hits. She struck out one and walked two.
    Deckard was perfect at the plate for McPherson, going 3-for-3 with the home run and a double. She also scored three times.
    Ariel McGee, playing her final game on Mac’s home field, went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
    Central has home doubleheaders Friday against Friends University and Langston University. They wrap their season Saturday with Senior Day against the University of Saint Mary.
    The Bulldogs will face Ottawa May 1 in the opening round of the KCAC softball tournament as the No. 7 seed.
    “We’ve just got to come out [against Ottawa] the way we played the second game tonight,” McCormick said. “Don’t wait until the sixth inning to decide to hit the ball.”
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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