Bullpen Psychos runner-up at state
Local softball team gearing up for nationals
The Bullpen Psychos 16U softball team, based in Monett, earned a second-place finish at the Mid-Missouri State Softball Tournament over the weekend, and now the team is turning its attention to nationals in a couple weeks.
Shawn Beeson, Bullpen Psychos head coach and program director, said the team played in two pool games on Saturday, winning one and tying the other.
“We did not play very well to start the first game, but we put up 7 runs in the final inning to get the win,” he said. “In game two, we started well but didn’t finish, so we tied.”
On Sunday morning, the team’s performance earned them a bye into the semifinals, where the Psychos scored a first-inning run and defended their way to a championship berth.
“We played tremendous defense the entire game,” Beeson said. “In the final, we played a good game, but we just couldn’t quite get it done.”
Th Psychos fell in the championship to the Nevada Dirt Dawgs, 7-4. Beeson said the team typically shines offensively, but the defense was on display this weekend.
“Strangely enough, it’s usually our bats that carry us,” he said. “But, this weekend, our defense got us there. We really excelled defensively.”
Beeson said the team is comprised of a mix of girls from Monett and surrounding areas.
“We have three from Monett, three from Pierce City, then girls from
Exeter, Neosho, Miller, Marionville and more,” he said. “They are all hard-working girls and we rely on all of them equally to perform.”
The Psychos will play in the Monett Tournament on Saturday, then they will head to Wichita July 22-24 for the National Tournament.
“Last I looked, there were eight teams in our division there,” Beeson said. “We have a really good group of girls that work hard together, and they are a prime example of trusting the process. Most of them have been in the program 5-6 years, and we are reaping the rewards of following that process.”