The McPherson High Bullpups ran into a juggernaut in the form of Andale in the first game of the 2013 season, dropping game one 10-5 and game two 10-0 Thursday at Grant Sports Complex.
The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Andale’s Wyatt Winter drove a single to left field, allowing two runs to score.
Andale scored four more times in the third, once in the fifth and twice more in the seventh as they kept piling on the punishment.
McPherson got a run home in the bottom of the third off a bases loaded walk. The Bullpups tried to get the rally going in the bottom of the seventh, however, kicked off by a Logan Schrag single to right filed that drove in Jonathan Rogers.
A walk and a hit batter got two more runs across, before Cody Starkel hit a sacrifice grounder to third, allowing Schrag to get one last run in for MHS.
Alex Ruxlow took the loss for MHS, pitching four innings, giving up seven runs on six hits. He struck out two batters.
Schrag went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Indians sent Wade Winter to the mound in game two, who shut the Bullpups down with a one-hitter as Andale won 10-0.
Andale had a three-run first inning and never looked back, as McPherson (0-2) just couldn’t get anything going, either offensively or defensively.
Aaron Elsasser tookthe loss for MHS, pitching four innings and giving up eight runs on eight hits, while striking out two. Elsasser also had the only McPherson hit in the ball game, a single to center field in the fourth inning.
The JV Pups managed a split with Andale Thursday, dropping game one 11-7, then coming back in game two for a 5-1 win.
MHS had a 5-2 lead going into the fifth inning of game one, when Andale scored three runs to tie it up. McPherson added one in the bottom half to get the lead back, but it was shot lived.
The Indians had two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to take the win, 11-7.
Marcus McDaniel took the loss for the JV. Daniel Wiens went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Game two saw the JV strike in the first and third innings on their way to the 5-1 win.
Caleb Schmidt pitched all five innings in the win, striking out three batters. Micah McCulley had a 2-for-3 game, driving in an RBI and scoring a run, himself.
The Bullpups are back in action Monday afternoon with a doubleheader against Winfield at Grant Sports Complex. First pitch is at 4 p.m.