The McPherson High School softball team showed fight and will to win, but couldn't close it out in their AVCTL D-III opener against Winfield High School. McPherson would drop two more losses to the Lady Vikings 7-4 in game, and 11-8 in game two.
Winfield 7 McPherson 4
The Lady Pups let one game slip away in the final inning as Winfield escaped game one with a 7-4 victory over McPherson.
McPherson had a strong start in the bottom second when Ariana Potter hits a two-run homer to give the Bullpups a 2-0 lead. The Bullpups would only have three hits the whole game while Winfield had nine. While McPherson would go scoreless in the next two innings, Winfield rallied back and picked up four runs in the next three innings to give Winfield a 4-2 lead. The Bullpups wouldn't go down without a fight. In the bottom fifth, The Bullpups tied the game at four, thanks to Taylor Bruce's and Addie Fitzmorris' line drive hits, earning them an RBI.
The game would tie until the seventh inning. That's when the Bullpups' defense would break down and give up three runs. Two of those runs were off a fly ball to the right field.
Down 7-4, the Bullpups had their fair share to make it a tighter ballgame after Winfield gave up two walks, putting two runners on base. Fitzmorris was next at-bat, but couldn't get a hit to send runners home.
Fitzmorris pitched all seven innings and recorded 10 strikeouts. However, she also gave up nine hits, seven runs, one error and a home run. The Bullpups also gave away six errors while Winfield picked up three. Potter was the RBI leader with two after her homer.
Winfield 11 McPherson 8
When it just looked like an easy game-two win early on after being down 8-1, the Bullpups made a miraculous comeback halfway through the game, but fell short in the end as Winfield remained victorious with an 11-8 win.
The Lady Vikings dominated in all four innings as they led 8-1, and yet somehow the Bullpups showed life in the top of the fifth inning when they outscored the Vikings with seven runs. McPherson was only down by one, 8-7.
Winfield was able to respond by adding three runs in the top six. For the Bullpups, they could only add one more run, and then ran out of gas at the final stretch. No stats were available to the media after the game.
The Lady Pups fall to 1-5 of the season and will be on the road on Tuesday to take both Salina Central and Topeka West High School in a triangular series. The first game will begin at 4 p.m. at Dean Evans Stadium.
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