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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 Seniors go 3-1 in Bob Hooper Classic

  • The McPherson Senior Legion was poised to lay claim on the first-ever Bob Hooper Classic championship Sunday, having steamrolled the competition both Friday and Saturday.
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  • The McPherson Senior Legion was poised to lay claim on the first-ever Bob Hooper Classic championship Sunday, having steamrolled the competition both Friday and Saturday.
    Then Buhler happened.
    Post 24 had given up only five runs the previous three times they had faced Buhler, and those coming on Saturday during a 15-5 drubbing, only to see that number doubled Sunday in the semifinals, falling 10-9.
    Buhler stunned McPherson with a five-run first inning, then struck out two batters in the bottom of the frame as McPherson struggled to adjust.
    McPherson shrugged off the jab in the bottom of the second, however, as Logan Schrag kicked off what would be a seven-run inning with an RBI single to right field that scored Nelson Steinert. Steven Gonzalez then added a two-RBI double to right that scored Aaron Ruxlow and Logan Schrag.
    Aaron Marshall also had a two-RBI triple to right, scoring Gonzalezz and Ethan Blouin.
    “We got off to a horrible start, down 5-0,” McPherson coach Craig Marshall said, “but I was proud of the way the kids fought back. Give Buhler credit after losing to us three times to come back and score five unanswered runs.”
    McPherson added two insurance runs in the bottom of the third and looked to have things well in hand, but a run in the fourth and four in the fifth gave Buhler the 10-9 lead.
    Neither team scored in the sixth inning, and McPherson, down to their last out in the seventh, tried to get tricky. Schrag, who reached first on a walk, stole second, then third on an overthrow from the Buhler catcher. The throw to third also went wild, and Schrag tried to make it home, only to be tagged out at the plate.
    Gonzalez took the loss, taking over for starter Blouin and Brodie Burney, neither of whom found much success against Buhler. Gonzalez gave up five runs off four hits, struck out five and walked four. Alex Ruxlow pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.
    Gonzalez was also the leader at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored. Aaron Marshall added two RBIs.
    Going into Sunday’s game, McPherson had an easy time of it against Wellington, Nickerson and Buhler. Nickerson fell to Post 24 (7-9) 13-2 on Saturday. They had defeated Wellington 13-5 Friday.
    Zach Likely took the win against Nickerson, going all four innings and giving up two runs off two hits. He struck out four and walked two.
    Against Buhler Saturday, Aaron Marshall went the complete game, giving up five runs, one earned, off three hits. He struck out three and walk three.
    Page 2 of 2 - McPherson has a full slate this week. They will be at home tonight against Wichita, then on the road Thursday against Thursday and will wrap up the week Saturday with a triangular against Buhler and Winfield at Buhler.
    Contact Chris Swick at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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