By William

BUHLER – It was a showing of what could be on Thursday for the McPherson softball team as they bounced back from losing five of their first six games to hammer Buhler on the road for a sweep of a doubleheader by scores of 13-1 and 15-0.

“We hit the ball well tonight and the scores showed,” noted Lady Bullpup head coach Danica Fitzmorris. “We had several girls kit for multiple bases tonight and we scored runs in all but two innings between the two games.”

In GAME ONE, the Lady Bullpups dinged three Lady Crusader pitchers for 16 hits to go with 13 runs scored spread out from the top of the second inning to the top of the sixth.

Sophia Herrera turned in an outstanding performance on the mound for McPherson by throwing 90 pitches over six innings while holding Buhler to just three hits and one run to go with just one walk while striking out eight.

Kelcy Bergstrom led the Lady Bullpups with three hits while Taylor Casebeer, Cameron Pelzel, Karter Alvord, Brette Doile and Olivia Cheatham each got a pair. Pelzel, Doile and Hope Wehrman each pounded out doubles as well.

GAME TWO, was much the same for the Lady Bullpups as they once again dinged two Buhler pitchers for 15 hits, including five for extra bases, and 15 runs in their 15-0 shutout victory in the nightcap.

Brette Doile turned in a superb showing on the mound for McPherson as she recorded a complete game shutout win, holding Buhler to just two hits while striking out four and walking just one.

Doile helped her own cause on offense as she led the team in hitting along with Sophia Herrera with three hits while Taylor Casebeer, Cameron Pelzel, and Jacie Myers each recorded two hits each. Pelzel pounded out two doubles while Herrera hit for one while both Casebeer and Hope Wehrman each powered out triples. Herrera, Pelzel and Doile also each got credit for three runs batted in as well.

Coach Fitzmorris concluded her post-game reflections by throwing out a lot of praises by saying, “(Cameron) Pelzel and (Sophia) Herrera stood out with some great power hitting while our small ball game worked tonight as well. Our pitching staff performed great with Herrera striking out eight in game one while allowing just three hits, and (Brette) Doile having three strikeouts in game two. What made me most happy was to see our defense get it done tonight. After struggling against Augusta last week with too many errors, we bounced back and kept our errors to just one between both games. Hope (Wehrman) had an exceptional defensive night while getting it done at second base. Sayge (Salmans) and Jacie (Myers) worked well behind the plate also. Really proud of our effort both physically as well as our energy on the field and in the dugout.”

Now 3-5 for the season, the Lady Bullpups are off until Tuesday, April 20 when they travel to Salina for two single games with Newton and Salina South.


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

LADY BULLPUPS      0          2          3          4          1          3          X          13       16            1

Buhler                        0          0          1          0          0          0          X          1          3            3

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): Sophia Herrera 6.0-90-3-1-1-8-1.

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS HITTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): Taylor Casebeer 3-1-2-1-2; Hope Wehrman 5-1-1-1-0; Sophia Herrera 3-0-1-0-1; Cameron Pelzel 5-2-2-1-0; Karter Alvord 5-2-2-1-0; Brette Doile 4-2-2-1-0; Olivia Cheatham 3-2-2-1-1; Sayge Salmans 3-1-1-0-1; Kelcy Bergstrom 4-0-3-1-0; Cara Hubenett – 0-2-0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 35-13-16-7-5.

2B (3): Hope Wehrman, Cameron Pelzel, Brette Doile – 1.

SB (3): Brette Doile – 2; Cara Hubenett – 1.

Buhler Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): 3 Pitchers = 6.0-122-16-13-8-0-5.

Buhler Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): 21-1-3-1-1.

2B = 1; SB = 1.


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

LADY BULLPUPS      1          7          0          2          5          X          X          15       15            0

Buhler                       0          0          0          0          0          X          X          0          2            1

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): Brette Doile 5.0-58-2-0-0-4-1.

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS HITTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): Taylor Casebeer 4-2-2-1-1; Hope Wehrman 5-1-1-0-0; Sophia Herrera 3-2-3-3-1; Cameron Pelzel 4-3-2-3-0; Karter Alvord 2-2-0-0-1; Brette Doile 4-1-3-3-0; Olivia Cheatham 2-1-0-0-1; Alex Romero 1-1-1-1-0; Sayge Salmans 1-1-0-1-1; Jacie Myers 2-1-2-1-0; Kelcy Bergstrom 1-0-0-0-0; Cara Hubenett 1-0-1-1-2. TEAM TOTALS: 30-15-15-14-7.

2B (3): Cameron Pelzel – 2; Sophia Herrera -1.

3B (2): Taylor Casebeer, Hope Wehrman – 1.

SB (2): Jacie Myers, Brette Doile – 1.

Buhler Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB): 2 Pitchers = 5.0-110-15-15-11-2-7.

Buhler Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB): 17-0-2-0-1.

3B = 1.

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