The Bethel College softball team suffered a serious setback in its post-season hopes after a pair of losses to McPherson College Saturday afternoon at the newly-dedicated Allen Wedel Field on the BC campus.

Bethel lost the first game 8-5 and the second game 21-6.

“They never quit,” Bethel coach Stacy Middleton said. “I’m proud of their effort. Sometimes, things just don’t go in your favor. We didn’t react well in the small ball.”

Bethel took the lead in the first game on a solo home run by Krystin McKelpin with one out. Three singles and a pair of errors led to three McPherson runs in the top of the third.

Indecision on bunts allowed three more runs for McPherson in the top of the fourth on four hits. Judith Salazar had a two-run single in the inning.

Bethel put a runner at third base with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but a strikeout and ground out left the runner stranded.

Four singles and a wild pitch led to two McPherson runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Bethel opened the bottom of the seventh with an error and a walk. McKelpin then singled to drive in a run. Jeni Reichenberger followed with an RBI single. After a strikeout, Bethel drew a walk and a hit batter to score a run. Madison McDowell hit a long fly ball to center field to score a run. A ground out to short ended the rally and the game.

Salazar finished the game two for five hitting with four RBIs. Jessica Jones went three for four. Katie Holmes and Erica Almaraz each went two for three.

McKelpin finished three for three hitting for Bethel with two RBIs.

Christie Betker pitched a complete game win for McPherson, striking out 10. McDowell took the loss for Bethel, striking out three.

In the second game, a leadoff single and a pair of errors led to a McPherson run in the top of the first. Abbie Hutton hit a home run for Bethel to left field with one out in the second inning.

Four singles and a hit batter led to four McPherson runs in the third inning. Jamine Curiel hit a two-run double. Bethel replied with three runs in the bottom of the third. Kiera Broehl hit a two-run double. Reichenberger drove in a run with a safety squeeze bunt.

A leadoff error and four two-out hits led to four unearned McPherson runs in the top of the fourth. Holmes hit a two-run double. A pair of two-out hits in the top of the sixth gave McPherson another run. Holmes hit a two-run home run with no outs in the top of the sixth.

Bethel opened the bottom of the sixth with a single and a pair of errors on the same play to score a run. With bases loaded and one out, McKelpin drew a walk to drive in a run. A force out at home and a strikeout ended the threat.

McPherson put things away with nine runs in the seventh inning. Romero hit a three-run home run.

Holmes and Romero each finished with five RBIs. Ali Smith, Holmes and Curiel each had three hits.

Katie Schrag went two for five for Bethel.

Sydney Lang went the distance for McPherson, striking out eight. Abbie Hutton took the loss for Bethel. Sydney Bollinger pitched the last two innings.

McPherson improves to 16-17, 2-5 in KCAC play. Bethel falls to 14-13, 5-5 in KCAC play. Bethel plays at 2 p.m. today at home against Friends.

“Our schedule from now on is pretty tough,” Middleton said. “From now on, we’re going to have to buckle down. We’re battling some injuries. There’s not a whole lot of time to work on things. A lot of it is mental.”

First game

McPherson;ab;r;h;bi;Bethel;ab;r;h;bi

J.Jones 2b;4;2;3;0;McDowell p;3;0;0;1

Salazar 1b;5;0;2;4;K.Schrag c;3;0;0;0

K.Jones 3b;3;1;1;0;Karten ph;1;0;0;0

Smith rf;4;0;1;1;Hoffman 1b;3;1;0;0

Holmes dp;3;0;2;0;Broehl 3b;2;1;0;0

Corea ss;3;0;0;0;McKelpin 2b;3;2;3;2

Cururiel lf;4;1;1;0;Lerback pr;0;0;0;0

Almaraz c;3;2;2;0;Reichenberger rf;2;1;1;1

Childs c;1;0;1;0;Sparkman lf;2;0;0;0

Conrad cf;2;2;1;0;Simons ph;1;0;0;0

;M.Schrag ss;2;0;0;0

;Rich cf;1;0;0;1

;Sullivan ph;1;0;0;0

TOTALS;32;8;14;5;TOTALS;20;5;4;5

McPherson;003;302;0;—8

Bethel;010;000;4;—5

E — Hoffman, Rich, K.Schrag, Salazar 2. LOB — McP. 8, BC 3. 2B — Holmes. HR — McKelpin. SB — Hoffman. Sac. Bunt — Conrad 2, J.Jones, K.Jones, Reichenberger. Sac. Fly — McDowell.

McPherson

;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Betker, W;7;4;5;3;2;1

Bethel

;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

McDowell, L;6;12;8;7;1;3

Bollinger;1;2;0;0;0;0

WP — McDowell. HBP — Holmes (McDowell), Rich (Bekter). Time — 2:03.

Second game

McPherson;ab;r;h;bi;Bethel;ab;r;h;bi

J.Jones 2b;5;4;2;0;McDowell 2b;5;0;1;0

Salazar 1b;6;2;3;2;K.Schrag 3b;5;2;2;0

K.Jones 3b;3;2;2;3;Hoffman 1b;3;1;1;0

Smith rf;6;4;3;2;Broehl c;2;1;1;2

Holmes c;5;4;3;5;McKelpin dp;2;0;0;1

;Sparkman lf;x;x;x;x

;Simons lf;x;x;x;x

Romero lf;4;1;2;5;Reichenberger rf;3;0;1;1

Curiel dp;5;1;3;2;Hutton p;3;1;1;1

Corea ss;4;0;0;0;Bollinger;1;0;0;0

Childs ph;1;1;1;0;M.Schrag ss;3;0;0;0

Conrad cf;3;1;0;0;Rich cf;2;1;0;0

Knoeber ph;1;1;1;1;Sullivan ph;1;0;1;0

TOTALS;43;21;20;20;TOTALS;30;6;8;5

McPherson;104;422;9;—21

Bethel;013;002;0;—6

E — McDowell, K.Schrag, M.Schrag, Hoffman, Hutton, Corea, Jones 2, Jones. LOB — McP. 7, BC 11. 2B — Curiel, Broehl, Holmes, Romero, Salazar, Smith, K.Jones. Hutton, Holmes, Romero. Sac. Bunt — Reichenberger. Sac. Fly — Romero.

McPherson

;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Lang, W;7;8;6;4;6;8

Bethel

;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Hutton, L;5;12;12;3;1;1

Bollinger;2;8;9;9;1;1

Hutton faced two batters in the sixth inning.

WP — Hutton, Bollinger. PB — Broehl. HBP — Rich (Lang), K.Jones (Hutton), Conrad (Bollinger). Time — 2:18.