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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson softball run rules Buhler twice 11-1, 14-3

  • McPherson High School took advantage of the wind Monday at Grant Sports Complex, as the Lady Bullpups went yard multiple times over the course of a doubleheader sweep against AVCTL Division III rival Buhler.
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  • McPherson High School took advantage of the wind Monday at Grant Sports Complex, as the Lady Bullpups went yard multiple times over the course of a doubleheader sweep against AVCTL Division III rival Buhler.
    The Bullpups won game one 11-1 and game two 14-3, with neither game getting out of the fifth inning.
    “We did a really good job on the bats today,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “I feel like we’re back to where we were before, connecting well. We even adjusted to a slower pitcher, which makes me really happy.”
    One of those big hits came in the bottom of the fifth in game two, as Chelsey Kerr blasted a two-run, inside the park home run to right-center field that pushed the score over the 10-run mark to end the game in the fifth.
    That was a blessing for just about everyone, as strong winds out of the northwest blew dust into the players’ eyes on a regular basis, as both McPherson and Buhler had to contend with straight winds of 30 mph, with gusts of nearly 55 mph throughout both games.
    “Defensively, I think [playing  in such strong winds] is hard,” Fitzmorris said, “because the ball is constantly in motion. I think [my players] adjusted really well. Our outfield adjusted really well. Marissa [Axelson] is trying out a new position there in center field, and she’s doing a really good job, coming and charging the ball. She had a couple of really key catches.”
    Madison Hoffman had the win in game one, while freshman Elle Schrag was the game two win. Hoffman gave up four hits, no runs and struck out seven while walking one.
    Schrag, meanwhile, gave up her three runs, two earned, on six hits. She walked three and walked three.
    Aside from the Kerr game-winning home run, the Pups also had game-two home runs from Hoffman and Gracy Feil. Hoffman had three RBIs, as did Kerr.
    In game one, Hoffman was perfect at the plate in game one, as she was 3-for-3, with a single, a double and a triple in her appearances. Hoffman also had three RBIs and two runs scored.
    Stephanie Farney had a pair of RBIs in a 2-for-3 showing.
    The JV squad also split with Buhler, as they won the first game 17-2, but dropped a 25-5 decision in game two. Teagan Pacey posted a three-run home run in a 3-for-3 showing in game one that saw her drive in four runs.
    It’s a short turn around for MHS (9-3), as they host Mulvane on Thursday.
    “Mulvane’s going to be tough,” Fitzmorris said. “They’re going to hit the bats well and they have a pretty solid catcher. I think we’re going to have to be on our game. We’ve just got to get that mental toughness and make plays when we need to make plays and, if we don’t make plays, just let them go.”
    Page 2 of 2 - First pitch Thursday at Grant Sports Complex is at 4 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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