DODGE CITY—After a close 7-5 first game, the Dodge City Red Demons softball team run-ruled the McPherson Bullpups in the second game of Thursday night’s doubleheader between the two teams, winning the second game 16-6 in five innings.
"Our away opener was a tough fought game through seven innings," McPherson Head Coach Danica Fitzmorris said. "Addie Fitzmorris was on the mound and took the loss. She had eight Ks with one BB. The Red Demons were a good hitting team and had 13 hits with six earned runs. Defensively we had two throwing errors. Our young group of infielders stood out in this game. We have two freshmen, Brette Doile (hit .750) at short, and Cameron Pelzel at first, two sophomores, Taylor Casebeer (.750) at third, and Hailey Henson (.333) on second. Offensively, we hit well, but did not string our hits together. We will need to adjust the order to make that happen."
It was an up-and-down night for the Red Demons, in which they allowed the Bullpups to make comebacks in each game.
In the first, they jumped out to a 6-0 lead before McPherson scored four of the next five runs, narrowly falling short in the first game.
Through the first two innings of the second game, the Red Demons crushed the Bullpup pitchers, taking a 9-1 lead entering the third.
Still, the Bullpups were far from done. In the fifth inning, they scored five runs to cut Dodge City’s lead to 10-6 before Dodge City was able to close the door on that half of the inning.
“I think we just get a little complacent,” Red Demon head coach Ashley Podschun said. “We’re not keeping our foot on that pedal like we need to. With the way we came out each game, we came out on fire, I just want to see that the whole time.”
She said after the first game she talked to the team about scoring one or two runs each inning.
“I thought this second game we did a lot better at that, we just let them make a few more runs than we should have,” Podschun said.
A lot of that scoring she attributed to the long night senior Raegan Lopp had in the pitching circle. She threw the whole first game, then had to enter the game as relief when her sister Raemie’s knee started to bug her.
“They were seeing (Raegan Lopp) quite a bit, so they started jumping on her late,” Podschun said. “That’s kind of where their run came from I think.”
Podschun said she really proud of how the offense came out.
“That’s one thing I really wasn’t worried about, I was pretty sure our offense was going to be there,” Podschun said.
It wasn’t a perfect performance, as a couple of players that had been really hot in practice didn’t have a lot of success Thursday, so that’ll be something the team has to work on. The team was also solid with its pitching, she said.
The Bullpups will host Manhattan High School, Great Bend and Junction City High School next Tuesday in a quad. The first game of that is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the McPherson-Grant Sports Complex.