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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups drop doubleheader with Mulvane

  • Mulvane out-hit McPherson 20-5 over both games of a doubleheader on their way to an AVCTL Division III sweep of the Bullpups Thursday.
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  • Mulvane out-hit McPherson 20-5 over both games of a doubleheader on their way to an AVCTL Division III sweep of the Bullpups Thursday.
    McPherson fell 7-2 in game one and 4-0 in game two.
    Neither team really gained a foothold on the scoreboard for the first two innings of game one, before the Wildcats scored two in the third.
    Mulvane added three more in the fifth, though McPherson managed to get on the board with two of their own in the top of the sixth, thanks to a two-run home run to center field by Micah McCulley that also brought home Caleb Schmidt.
    Mulvane responded with a two-run homer of their own in the bottom of the frame to make it 7-2.
    Jonathon Rogers took the game one loss, going five innings and giving up five runs off nine hits. He struck out two and walked three.
    McPherson managed only three hits in the loss.
    “Rogers pitched well,” MHS coach Craig Marshall said. “And our defense played well. We just didn’t hit the baseball well enough to win.”
    Game two found the two teams in a pitchers dual through four innings, as neither team managed to score. Mulvane’s Alex Evans was especially strong on the mound, as Marshall said his velocity was in the mid- to upper-80’s and struck out 13 McPherson batters.
    The Wildcats finally got on the board with a one-run fifth inning, followed by three in the third. The Pups fought back and loaded the bases in the seventh, but couldn’t get any runs across.
    Alex Ruxlow went six innings in the loss for McPherson (4-8), giving up only four runs off 10 hits. He struck out five Mulvane batters and walked only one.
    The losses put the Bullpups skid at six games.
    “Even though we have lost six in a row,” Marshall said, “our kids need to realize they are facing very tough competition and must find a way to battle through adversity so they can taste victory.”
    The Pups are back at home Monday against Rose Hill after spending most of April on the road. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. at Grant Sports Complex.

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