MPHS softball: Tuesday turn around
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In their games against Faith Christian and Bishop Machebeuf, the Panther softball players of Middle Park High posted results that were as different as night and day as they lost one and won one by lopsided scores.
Taking on the Eagles of Faith Christian on Middle Park’s home field last Saturday, Sept. 20, the Panther girls suffered a 19-9 whipping.
“It was a game where we beat ourselves,” said Coach Robbie Cheesman. “We really didn’t show up and start playing until the third inning. You can’t do something like that against a team like Faith Christian which is perennially a Final Four team.”
The Panthers gave up 12 hits to the Eagles while earning only two of their own during Saturday’s home game.
“Faith kept pounding the ball on us while at the same time our bats went cold,” Cheesman said.
In contrast to that lopsided defeat, Middle Park’s softball players then administered a 15-9 thrashing to the Buffalos on Bishop Machebuef’s ballfield on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
“We definitely played much better in this game,” Cheesman said. “In fact, it was one of our better games offensively and defensively all year.”
The Panther girls started Tuesday’s away game with two runs in the first inning and four in the third. It was not until the third inning that the Buffalos finally got their offense rolling by putting four runs on the scoreboard.
Still leading 6-2 going into the top of the fourth inning, Middle Park’s batters went back to work adding two more runs to the team’s tally. They then added four more runs in the fifth inning and another three in the sixth.
Machebeuf was unable to connect with the ball until the bottom of the sixth with two more runs. In the seventh, the Buffalos staged a minor rally, putting five more runs on the scoreboard but it was too little and too late.
Cheesman praised the team’s performance in Tuesday’s game.
“I was really proud of our kids,” he said. “Our defense played fairly well and our offense made some real strides.”
The Panthers earned some good stats at bat including: Becca Hugley going 2 for 2 with a triple; Jillian Yaklich, 3 for 4 with six RBIs; and Katy Mulligan, 3 for 4 with a double.
Cheesman also commended Mulligan’s pitching which included earning seven strikeouts against Buffalo batters.
“This was one of Katy’s best pitching games,” he said. “She definitely had the location and hit her spots. I even saw a smile briefly on her face which is rare for a pitcher.”
Middle Park High’s girls softball team will be traveling to Platte Canyon this Saturday, Sept. 27, to take on the Huskies. The first pitch will be thrown at 10 a.m.
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