McPherson High School rolled through Salina Central Tuesday to set up a number one seed in next week’s Class 4A Division I Regional tournament at Grant Sports Complex.

McPherson High School rolled through Salina Central Tuesday to set up a number one seed in next week’s Class 4A Division I Regional tournament at Grant Sports Complex.
The Bullpups scored five runs over the final two innings of game one against the Mustangs to win 9-3 and blitzed Central for 19 hits in an 11-0 win that ensured the Bullpups the top seed and a showdown with Buhler to open the tournament on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
“Coming off of the two losses to Salina South and Great Bend,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said, “we needed these games before we roll into regionals next Tuesday at Grant.”
The Bullpups were holding onto a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning when they opened up the bats. Gracy Feil drove in Nicole Cheek single to center field, then scored her self two batters later when Madison Hoffman also hit to center.
Marissa Axelson had the exclamation point on the three-run inning with an RBI triple to right field.
Chelsey Kerr and Jasmine Wann homered back-to-back in the top of the seventh to really put a halt to any hopes the Mustangs had at coming back.
It was Wann’s second solo homer of the game, as she also sent a ball over the field in center field in the top of the second off a 1-2 pitch.
Kerr and Hoffman both finished 3-for-4, with Hoffman scoring four runs. Wann, Cheek and Feil all had two hits in the first tilt.
Elle Schrag had the win in game one, as she went four innings and gave up one earned run on three hits. She struck out three and walked two.
Marissa Axelson pitched three innings, giving up two earned runs and four hits. She struck out one.
Madison Hoffman had the shutout win in game two, going all seven innings. She gave up five hits and two walks, but struck out six.
“All three pitchers did a solid job on the mound,” Fitzmorris said. “We feel really comfortable with the rotation we have established there. Defensively, if we play like this, and our bats show up, we will make a strong showing at Regionals.”
Feil had the only two extra base hits for the Bullpups in game two against Salina Central, as she had both a double and a triple in a 2-for-4 showing. Hoffman and Kerr both went 3-for-5  with two runs scored and an RBI, each.
Axelson, Wann, Marshall, Cheek and Stevie Stockham all had two hits in the game. Marshall led in RBIs with two.
The JV team ended their season against the Mustangs with a pair of losses to end with an 9-11 record.
The Bullpups lost game one 4-3 and game two 1-0. MHS had out-hit Central 11-5 in the first half of the twinbill, but couldn’t get the runs across the plate.
Grace Colaw went 3-for-3 to lead the Pups. Mayci James and Teagan Pacey both had two hits.
Ashlee May went the full game giving up three earned runs. She walked four and struck out five in taking the loss.
Elle Schrag took the loss in game two, despite giving up only two hits. She struck out four.
Pacey and Olivia Rettig had the only hits for MHS.
The varsity wins set up the Regional tournament Tuesday. McPherson enters with a 14-6 record, and will host Buhler at 4 p.m. The Crusaders are 2-16 and have lost to the Bullpups 11-1 and 14-3 on April 28.
The other half of the bracket sees No. 2 seed Andale (11-9) facing off with No. 3 Ulysses (7-13), also Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The championship game will be at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“The girls are excited and ready to play and hopefully make history,” Fitzmorris said.

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