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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS swept by Thunderbirds 9-1, 16-5

  • It was a rough night for the McPherson High baseball team Friday, as they were Swept by Circle 9-1 and 16-5.
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  • It was a rough night for the McPherson High baseball team Friday, as they were Swept by Circle 9-1 and 16-5.
    Circle jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, with the Thunderbirds’ Garrett Hutson doing his part to take McPherson out of it from the start, throwing a one-hitter against the Pups.’
    Brodie Burney was the only MHS player to get a hit in game one, a ground ball single to center field.
    Circle scored three more runs in the third and two more in the sixth to take the win.
    Aaron Elsasser took the loss for McPherson, pitching four innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits. He struck out one and walked three.
    Hutson struck out 11 McPherson batters and only walked one.
    “We faced the best pitcher we have seen all year,” MHS coach Craig Marshall said. “He shut us down completely. He was throwing in the upper 80s with a nasty curve ball that was just too much for us.”
    Game two wasn’t any prettier for McPherson (4-6), as Circle jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first and McPherson never really threatened, despite managing to get a few runs across the plate.
    The Pups scored once in the first and the four more in the fourth. All the McPherson runs were unearned, with the four-run fourth coming off an error and three bases loaded walks.
    “I was very disappointed that we didn’t swing the bats better against (Augusta’s) other pitchers,” Marshall said. “All three facets of the game were below our expectations.”
    Marshall isn’t discouraged by the losses, however, as the Bullpups have faced some stiff competition.
    “The three teams we’ve lost to are a combined 24-4,” he said. “We are 0-6 versus ACVTL Division IV teams and still 4-0 versus Division III teams and are in first place.”
    The JV Pups had a much better afternoon, as they defeated Circle 10-2 and 6-2.
    McPherson is at Buhler on Monday.

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