McPherson High’s softball team achieved new heights, in terms of success in 2014. For the first time in program history, MHS made the state tournament, where they finished second behind a talented Augusta squad.

McPherson High’s softball team achieved new heights, in terms of success in 2014. For the first time in program history, MHS made the state tournament, where they finished second behind a talented Augusta squad.
That taste of success has only made the Lady Pups even hungrier as the 2015 season begins today.
“With five all-conference selections and a near-miss last year in the state competition,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said, “this team returns talented, focused and hungry.”
Fitzmorris returns nearly the entire 2014 squad, as she lost only two starters to graduation in Marissa Axelson and Nicole Cheek.
Back for another run at a state championship are seniors Jasmine Wann, Madison Hoffman, Hannah Marshall and Stephanie Farney. Juniors include Chelsey Kerr and Stevie Stockham, while the sophomore class is comprised of Gracy Feil, Brooke Schrag, Elle Schrag, Mayci James, Kaylee Harding and Grace Colaw.
That is a tremendous amount of talent coming back for Fitzmorris and they will all open the 2015 season the way they ended 2014; against a very talented Oriole squad that brings back most of its championship cast, as well.
“We have unfinished business with Augusta and opening with them will be an exciting start to the season,” Fitzmorris said.
First pitch today from the Augusta Girls Softball Complex is at 4:30 p.m.
The Pups will return the entire starting infield from last year’s 18-7 campaign. Marshall will anchor first base, with Feil at second, Kerr manning short stop and both Stockham and Hoffman sharing time at third, depending on whether or not Hoffman will be in the pitcher’s circle.
Hoffman, who was a machine last year in the state tournament, pitching all but three innings over the two days, will share time with Elle Schrag, with freshmen Bailey Crist and Kenzie Goering expected to help out the Pups’ depth.
Wann, a three-year starter, will provide the steady hand behind the plate at catcher, though Fitzmorris is high on freshman Sheridan Scott as Wann’s understudy and possible replacement after the senior graduates in May.
With all the pieces in place, another run at the state championship isn’t out of the question, though Fitzmorris is trying to keep her girls focused on the here-and-now.
“The season looks good,” Fitzmorris, who is entering her second year with MHS, said. “We will need to stay focused on one game at a time [and] do our job in the field behind our pitchers. Softball always comes down to pitching and defense. Luckily, this year we have multiple options to choose from to put in the circle and in the field.”

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