It was a rough series for the McPherson High School softball team as they fall to Rose Hill High School in their home park on Monday. The Lady Pups drop to 2-8 of the season.
Game One: Rose Hill 13 McPherson 2
The Lady Pups was out of sync after getting blown out by Rose Hill in game one. The Lady Warriors recorded 13 runs and 15 hits. While McPherson only had six hits and two runs. Head Coach Danica Fitzmorris was disappointed in her girls' performance on Monday.
"Our girls could not find the ball in the first game as our offense stalled, and they found the middle a few too many times. If there was any good news, it was defensively. We had minimal errors, as did they. Hitting beat us tonight in game one," Fitzmorris said.
Addie Fitzmorris started at pitcher as she allowed 13 hits, 13 runs, 13 errors and one home run. Halle Giddings and Taylor Bruce each scored a run.
Game two: Rose Hill 9 McPherson 4
In game two, it was quite more competitive than game one. Despite leading 4-2 through the fifth inning, Rose Hill scored seven unanswered runs in the final two innings to defeat McPherson.
One of the key factors in the Lady Pups loss was the nine errors they allowed. Bailea Crist started on the circle as she allowed three earned runs. She also went 2-for-4 from the plate. Taylor Casebeer was 3-for-3 in hits for McPherson. With the Lady Pups in a slump, they have to figure out how to change their season around as they reach the halfway mark.
"We will have to find the will to win to get out of our slump. Our kids have to put all the pieces together. I have seen them do it in practice. They have to gain the confidence to do it in competition," Fitzmorris said.
The Lady Pups will face Salina South High School next on Friday starting at 3:30 p.m.
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