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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups sweep Rockets in AVCTL battle

  • For the first time in nearly a month, the McPherson High baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the Grant Sports Complex, earning a sweep of Rose Hill in the process.
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  • For the first time in nearly a month, the McPherson High baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the Grant Sports Complex, earning a sweep of Rose Hill in the process.
    The Pups took game one 12-3 and game two 11-8.
    “It was nice to be back home,” MHS coach Craig Marshall said. “The kids were excited, the weather was fantastic and we had a great crowd. It was a very positive feeling after having a difficult stretch of games on the road.”
    The Pups’ enthusiasm to be back home truly shone in game one, as MHS jumped out ahead of Rose Hill in the second inning, thanks to a error followed by a Cody Starkel single to center field that scored Jonathan Rogers. Logan Schrag followed that up with an RBI double to center that sent Starkel home.
    McPherson added two more in the third, while Rose Hill closed the gap to two runs in with a run in the third and two in the fourth.
    MHS distanced themselves in the bottom of the fourth with two more runs, and then poured in five in the fifth to put the game out of Rose Hill’s reach.
    The Bullpup fifth was highlighted by an Aaron Elsasser two-run blast to left field, driving in Austin Mitchell and Ethan Nadeau.
    Elsasser finished the first game 2-for-4 with four RBI’s.
    Micah McCulley pitched 3 2/3 innings in picking up the win, giving up three runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked four.
    “(McCulley) did a good job as a freshman,” Marshall said. “He battled through some plate appearances, especially late in the game, but (Alex) Ruxlow came in and shut them down.”
    Game two turned into an offensive battle for both teams. The Rockets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first, but McPherson (6-8, 6-2 AVCTL Div. III) responded with a two-run bottom half to cut the lead.
    Griffin Myers cut the lead to a run in the second inning off a sacrifice grounder to short stop that scored Logan Schrag to make it 4-3.
    Rose Hill stretched out their lead to 5-3 in the third, but McPherson added one more in the bottom half of the inning to, again, cut the lead to one.
    The Bullpups took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth, after Rose Hill’s Dylan Faflick walked McCulley, sending home a run and making it 6-5 Rockets. That set up Avery Goering for a line-drive single to center field that scored Starkel and Brodie Burney, making it 8-5 Pups.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rose Hill added one more in the fifth and another in the seventh, but a four-run sixth for McPherson sealed the league win for the Bullpups.
    “We were able to fight back and score and keep the game close,” Marshall said. “We got the job done.”
    Ruxlow got the win for McPherson, pitching 2 innings, giving up one run off three hits. He struck out four and walked none.
    Goering, Schrag, Myers and Marcus McDaniel all had two RBI’s for the Pups in the second game. Burney went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
    The JV team split with Rose Hill Monday. The Pups took game one 13-3 and dropped game two 10-6.
    McPherson is at home once more Friday, as they host Salina South at Grant Sports Complex.

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