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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS stumbles against Mustangs 10-2, 9-5

  • In both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Salina Central, McPherson High found itself leading after the first inning.
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  • In both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Salina Central, McPherson High found itself leading after the first inning.
    In both games, however, errors and weak hitting proved to be the Bullpups’ undoing, as they were swept by the Mustangs 10-2 and 9-5.
    “We felt like we went backwards tonight,” MHS coach Craig Marshall said. “I thought we would play better defense and pitch better tonight.”
    The Pups started out game one on a strong note, scoring two in the first inning. The first run came off a passed ball, allowing Austin Mitchell to come home.
    The other run saw Jonathon Rogers score off a sacrifice fly from Avery Goering.
    Salina Central tied it up in the second inning, then pulled ahead with a one-run third inning. The score remained 3-2 into the fifth, when the Mustangs raced ahead of the Bullpups with a three-run output.
    A four-run seventh inning put the game away for Salina Central.
    Game two was a bit more competitive, as the Bullpups (7-11) refused to go quietly.
    Brodie Burney knocked in Adam Bowers to get the first run of the first inning across. Goering followed that up with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Marcus McDaniel.
    The Mustangs scored two runs in the second and three in the third to take control of the game 6-2, thanks, in part, to a three-run home run by the Mustangs’ Mason Brightbill.
    MHS got two more in the bottom of the third to make it 6-4. Goering was again the catalyst, reaching first off an error to short stop, which allowed Aaron Elsasser to score. Logan Schrag was then able to get home a batter later off a balk.
    Salina Central put some more distance between themselves and the Bullpups in the fifth with a two-run inning. McPherson got one run in the sixth, but Brightbill put the exclamation point on the Mustang win in the top of the seventh with a second homer.
    The JV split with Salina Central, winning game one 6-2 and dropping game two 4-1.
    The regular season comes to a close for the Bullpups Thursday, as they travel to Buhler to make up a doubleheader originally slated for April 22.
    The result of that doubleheader won’t have an effect on Class 4A Regional seedings, which were to have been released today but were unavailable at press time.

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