McPherson High picked up their first wins of the 2013 season Monday afternoon at Grant Sports Complex, downing Winfield 6-2 and 3-2 in a chilly doubleheader.

McPherson High picked up their first wins of the 2013 season Monday afternoon at Grant Sports Complex, downing Winfield 6-2 and 3-2 in a chilly doubleheader.


“We did the things we’ve got to do to be able to win,” MHS coach Greg Marshall said. “We have to throw strikes, play good defense and we have to be able to hit in timely situations.”

The Pups definitely managed that, as the Vikings actually out-hit McPherson 10-4 in the first game, but junior pitcher Alex Ruxlow was able to shut Winfield down on the mound when it counted to secure the 6-2 win.

“He was eager and anxious to get back out there,” Marshall said. “He made a huge improvement, throwing strikes and making sure they put the ball in play.”

He pitched the complete game, giving up the two runs on 10 hits. He struck out three and walked none.

Ruxlow had help from the offense, who scored two runs in the first and third innings and one each in the second and sixth.

McPherson spread the hits out amongst their players, with Jonathon Rogers having a big game with two RBIs and one hit. Ethan Nadeau, Logan Schrag and Cody Starkle all added an RBI, as well.

Game two looked to be a little tighter, as neither team gained a foothold until McPherson’s Griffin Myers scored on a passed ball to give MHS a 1-0 in the third inning. Rogers picked up his third RBI of the day with a line drive single to left field in the bottom of the fourth that sent home Austin Mitchell.

Rogers then stole home two batters later, when Myers kept the offense distracted during a run-down, allowing Rogers to cross safely before the tag could be applied.

Winfield picked up runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.

Jake Brosard picked up the win on the mound for McPherson, working four innings and giving up no runs on three hits and striking out one. Aaron Elsasser notched the save, giving up two runs, walking three and striking out one.

Marshall was relieved to get the two wins, especially coming off the Andale games.

“It is huge,” Marshall said. “We can talk to them about having success, but they’ve got to actually experience it. With so many guys who contributed, hopefully having success gives them a feeling of a positive nature.”

McPherson (2-2, 2-0 AVCTL Div. 3) has another league doubleheader coming up Monday, as they travel to El Dorado to face the Wildcats. First pitch is at 4 p.m. at McDonald Stadium.

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