By William

AUGUSTA – Defensively it was a huge struggle on Thursday for the McPherson softball team as they recorded 14 errors over two games and lost both ends of a doubleheader on the road at Augusta, losing game one 17-2 and then the nightcap 16-3.

In GAME ONE the Lady Bullpups took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning but then struggled on offense while Augusta put three runs across in the second and then poured seven runs into the scorebook in both the third and fourth innings to earn the 17-2 win.

Sophia Herrera and Brette Doile threw 107 pitches in just four innings for McPherson while giving up just 11 hits but only one earned run as the Lady Bullpups made 10 errors in the field.

Cameron Pelzel, Brette Doile, Olivia Cheatham and Jacie Myers each got hits for McPherson.

After McPherson scored two runs in the top of the first in GAME TWO, Augusta erupted for 12 runs in the bottom of the inning and then added a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings during the 16-3 victory.

Brette Doile started the game on the mound and never made it through the first inning before Herrera came in and finished the game out for the Lady Bullpups. The tandem threw 89 pitches, gave up 12 hits and again only gave up seven earned runs as the defense once again recorded four more errors.

Taylor Casebeer and Sophia Herrera each scored a pair of hits for McPherson while Karter Alvord pounded out a double with her hit in the game.

Lady Bullpup head coach Danica Fitzmorris summed up the day in her post-game reflections by saying, “Our physical errors in both games cost us. We need to focus on what we can control. We had 10 errors in game one that were shared by six players on the field, and then added four more in the second game, all in our outfield. Our hitting was better than the run column showed as we had several hard hits, they just went right at defensive players. Our pitchers did their job but could not hold off the offensive skills from Augusta.

The Lady Bullpups now have a week off before returning to the diamond on Thursday, April 8 on the road at Buhler.

Game Scoring & Stats:

GAME 1 = MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS at Augusta

SCORING:                 1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R         H            E

LADY BULLPUPS      1          0          0          1          X          X          X          2          4            10

Augusta                     0          3          7          7          X          X          X          17       11            2

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): Sophia Herrera 2.1-75-6-10-0-2-1; Brette Doile 1.1-32-5-7-1-1-0. TEAM TOTALS: 3.2-107-11-17-1-3-1.

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS BATTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): Taylor Casebeer 3-0-0-0-0; Hope Wehrman 2-1-0-0-0; Cameron Pelzel 1-0-1-0-0; Karter Alvord 2-0-0-1-0; Brette Doile 2-1-1-0-0; Olivia Cheatham 2-1-1-0-0; Jacie Myers 2-0-1-1-0; Sayge Salmans 1-0-0-0-1; Sophie Herrera 2-0-0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 17-2-4-2-1.

SB (2): Jacie Myers, Sayge Salmans – 1.

Augusta Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): 4.0-51-4-2-0-2-1.

Augusta Batting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): 31-17-11-10-1.

Team had 4 doubles and 4 stolen bases.

GAME 2 = MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS at Augusta

SCORING:                 1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R         H            E

LADY BULLPUPS      2          0          0          1          0          X          X          3          9            5

Augusta                     12       2          0          2          X          X          X          16       12            3

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): Brette Doile 0.0-15-3-4-4-0-1; Sophia Herrera 4.0-74-9-12-3-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 4.0-89-12-16-7-2-3.

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS HITTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): Taylor Casebeer 3-1-2-1-0; Brette Doile 3-1-0-0-0; Cameron Pelzel 3-0-0-0-0; Sophia Herrera 3-0-2-1-0; Hope Wehrman 3-0-1-0-0; Olivia Cheatham 3-0-1-0-0; Macy Rinker 3-1-1-0-0; Karter Alvord 1-0-1-0-1; Kelcy Bergstrom 2-0-1-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 24-3-9-2-1.

2B (1): Karter Alvord – 1.

SB (1): Sophia Herrera – 1.

Augusta Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): 5.0-71-9-3-0-2-1.

Augusta Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): 28-16-12-11-3.

Team had 1 double, 1 triple and 1 stolen base.

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