The McFarland girls softball team suffered its first losses of the year after getting swept in a doubleheader against the Brodhead Cardinals on Saturday. The result brings the Spartans record to 2-2 on the year.
In the first game, pitcher McKenna Young pitched a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts in the 2-0 victory for the Cardinals. Brynne Bieri pitched well for the Spartans with five strikeouts, but gave up two runs in a complete game.
In the second game, the McFarland offense fared better, but still came up short against Brodhead, with the final being 4-3. Bieri added two RBIs at the plate while Maddy Fortune pitched a complete game in the loss.
Brodhead again got a big game from Young, as she knocked in two runs while recording the save for the Cardinals. Sophia Leitzen pitched six innings in the victory for the Cardinals.
Big Foot 0
McFarland made quick work of the visiting Big Foot Chiefs by winning 10-0 in a mercy rule on Thursday, April 29. The McFarland offense was aided by a long two-run homer in the first inning by Maddy Fortune.
The Spartans’ offense didn’t need much run support for pitcher Brynne Bieri, who pitched a complete game shutout. The only thing more wicked than Bieri’s pitches was the weather, but not even the fierce wind gusts or pelting rain could affect Bieri’s rhythm on the mound.
Bieri was tested in the first and second innings, with Big Foot putting runners in scoring position, but she was able to escape both innings without any damage.
Any team would be excited with the victory, but head coach Steve Bahrke is just excited to be out on the field with his team.
“They haven’t played in two years. We’ve got sophomores and freshmen who have never seen high school at all, as far as high school pitching, but we’re just excited to be playing,” said Bahrke.
Even having to balance the spring season with fall sports doesn’t matter to coach Bahrke since the team just gets to play.
“We’re allowed to do what the girls love to do.”
McFarland started its season off with a bang in a 15-1 defeat of the Edgerton Crimson Tide on Tuesday, April 27. Bahrke credits the offensive explosion from the work that the Spartans have put in to start the season.
“Work ethic is extremely tough, meaning they’re doing very well,’’ said Bahrke. “Staying conditioned and staying on task is kind of a byproduct of what we’re doing.”