The weather did not feel like spring due to the dark, gloomy and cold forecast, but the McPherson High School softball team went on to close out its season in losses to Salina South High School, 11-3 in game one and 14-1 in game two. McPherson ends its regular season at 4-14 before the start of regionals.
The biggest highlight for the Bullpups was the honor of their only senior, Addie Fitzmorris, as she will be moving on to Fort Hays State, where she will be studying nursing. During game one, she led the Bullpups with three RBIs, which included an RBI double that sent two runners home, and a one-run single. In game two, she knocked a sacrifice fly that led to their only run of the night.
The Bullpups had an early 2-0 lead after two scoreless innings and a chance of getting at least one win out of the Cougars. However, Salina South had other plans. The Cougars tied the game in the fourth, and never looked back. Errors were the downfall for the Bullpups throughout the game. Salina South scored eight unearned runs that led to a big lead on the Bullpups.
“I think we struggled with some mental toughness issues and finishing a full game,” Bullpups Head Coach Danica Fitzmorris said. "It’s been a repetitious thing. We needed to play today. It was cold and not great conditions, but it was playable.”
Addie Fitzmorris started on the circle and suffered the loss despite looking sharp in the first few innings.
In game two, it was all Cougars, and the Lady Pups only settled for one run. Salina South scored all but one inning, including a seven-run breakdown in the fifth.
Salina South's Jenna Henderson started both games as the pitcher and lasted all 12 innings, which is a rarity at the high school level. Danica Fitzmorris gave props to the sophomore as she experienced that back in her softball days.
“Pitching through two games, that shows some pretty good fortitude,” Danica Fitzmorris said. “You don’t see that very often, and it’s pretty impressive that she can do that and not have a lot of kids base-hitting her.”
The Bullpups, holding the No. 14 seed, will go into Class 5A regionals as the underdog and will be on the road to take on No. 3 seed Goddard High School on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
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