It’s not often only managing three hits in a game will net you nine runs.

It’s not often only managing three hits in a game will net you nine runs.

It’s even rarer when three hits will upset one of the top teams in the AVCTL Div. I.

McPherson High did both in game one of Friday’s home doubleheader with the Cougars, winning 9-6, getting their nine runs off of three hits.

The Bullpups then dropped game two 11-2, giving up 17 Cougar hits in the process.

MHS scored one in the bottom of the second, then scored three in the third, though they technically didn’t get any hits that inning. Aaron Elsasser and Cody Starkel were both hit by pitches and Austin Mitchell was walked to load the bases. Brodie Burney was then walked to score Mitchell, followed by an Avery Goering sacrifice that scored Ethan Nadeau, pinch running for Elsasser.

Logan Schrag hit a sacrifice grounder that scored Burney to make it 5-1 Pups.

Burney then drove in Mitchell in the fourth and the Pups added one more run on a wild pitch that scored Starkel.

Salina South got three across in the fifth inning to make it 7-5, but the Pups answered with a two-run sixth inning.

Jonathan Rogers got the win after 4 2/3 innings of work, striking out three and giving up five runs, two earned, on four hits. Alex Ruxlow worked the final 2 1/3 innings to get the save, sitting down three batters and giving up one run on one hit.

Burney had four RBI’s on 1-for-3 hitting. Goering picked up a pair of RBI’s.

The Cougars rebounded in game two, holding the Pups (7-9) to only two hits in the 11-2 loss.

McPherson picked up their first run in the bottom of the fourth, as Marcus McDaniel scored on a passed ball. Starkel picked up a sacrifice RBI in the bottom of the seventh, as he drove in Griffin Myers.

Nadeau picked up the loss for McPherson, working 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits. He struck out one and walked three.

Nadeau and Starkel had the only two Bullpup hits.

The JV was swept by Salina South, losing game one 15-4 and game two 11-1.

MHS is at home for the last time in the regular season Tuesday, as they host Salina South at 4 p.m. A make-up doubleheader with Buhler closes out the season on Thursday.