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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson Junior Legion splits with Buhler

  • For the fourth time in as many days, the McPherson American Legion Juniors faced Buhler, this time splitting a road doubleheader with the Nationals.
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  • For the fourth time in as many days, the McPherson American Legion Juniors faced Buhler, this time splitting a road doubleheader with the Nationals.
    McPherson dropped game one 4-1, but pulled out an 8-7 victory in game two, despite being out-hit.
    Buhler jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. McPherson managed a few hits over the next two innings, but only managed to score in the top of the fourth.
    Jacob Loecker knocked in Griffin Myers with a single to right field in what would turn out to be McPherson’s only run in the ball game.
    Myers took the loss after pitching all six innings. He gave up four runs, all earned, off seven hits. He walked three and struck out three.
    No one really stood out at the plate, with Nelson Steinert picking up a double and going 1-for-2.
    Game two saw a bit of a pitcher’s duel McPherson and Buhler for the first three inning. Neither Loecker nor National pitcher Jace Williams gave up more than a couple of hits over the three innings.
    McPherson managed two runs in the fourth inning and looked to put the game away with a five-run fifth, sparked by a Marcus McDaniel double to right field that scored Jay Krehbiel.
    Buhler responded, though, with six runs in the bottom of the fifth, pulling themselves to within 7-6.
    McPherson added an insurance run in the seventh inning, as Loecker grounded out to third, allowing Cody Starkel to score.
    Buhler tried to rally once more, but hit into a double play at third base to end the game.
    Loecker earned the win, working 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked three and gave up five runs off of six hits. McDaniel took over in the fifth inning in relief, giving up two runs off seven hits. He walked two.
    McDaniel also had the only multiple-hit game for McPherson (12-3), going 2-for-4, including that fifth-inning double, with an RBI and a run scored. Starkel added a double of his own with a 1-for-3 performance and three runs scored.
    Loecker finished the game with two RBI’s.
    Post 24 will be taking part in the Andover tournament Friday and Saturday.
    Contact Chris Swick at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter, @SwickSentinel.
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