McPherson High’s baseball team was in the perfect “trap game” situation.
The Bullpups, knowing they play Friday at 11-1 Newton, went on the road Tuesday to play Division II tailender Valley Center.
Thanks to an outstanding all-around performance, led by pitchers Scott Paramore and Joel Piper, the Bullpups easily swept the Hornets, 10-1 and 9-2.
“When you give up four hits in two games, you should probably win,” MHS coach Gordon Peck said. “We had just one error in both games and made a lot of plays.”
The sweep improved MHS to 5-1 in Division II games and 10-3 overall, and it takes a lot of momentum into Friday’s showdown at Newton.
Paramore threw a dazzling one-hitter in the opener, fanning 12. The only hit he gave up was a fifth-inning single by Nate Williams.
“He was really good, obviously,” Peck said. “He threw only 84 pitches.”
Paramore had only one walk and Peck said because his pitch count was low, he’ll probably be able to bring him back to pitch one of the games against Newton.
Williams matched Paramore zero for zero for four innings, but then came out of the game. MHS pounded the Hornets’ bullpen for 10 runs over the final three innings.
Piper had two doubles and drove in four runs, while Ben Clary had three hits, one of them a double. Colby Geren had two hits and two RBI, while Kelly Blomberg also had two hits, as MHS had 13 for the game. The Bullpups did leave 12 runners on base.
Piper threw a three-hitter in the second game, with both runs being unearned in the first inning. He labored early before settling into a groove, fanning seven in six innings. Tyler Gibson pitched the seventh.
Seth Davenport hit his sixth homer of the year and also doubled. Gibson had three hits, while Davenport was joined with two hits by L.A. Hoefer.
“All in all, it was a good day,” Peck said.
The JV games were played Monday.