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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 Juniors outlast Newton

  • The McPherson American League Juniors found themselves in a battle with Newton at Grant Sports Complex Monday night, with the two teams totaling 18 hits between them, including four extra-base hits.
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  • The McPherson American League Juniors found themselves in a battle with Newton at Grant Sports Complex Monday night, with the two teams totaling 18 hits between them, including four extra-base hits.
    McPherson, though, hung strong for a late rally, to win 10-9.
    Post 24 jumped on the scoreboard first in the second inning, thanks to a Cody Starkel solo home run to left field off a 3-2 count. Newton responded in the top of the third with three runs, but McPherson had their own answer in the bottom of the frame.
    Marcus McDaniel singled to right field and scored Nelson Steinert to make it 3-2. Starkel would then reach on a fielder’s choice to short that scored Kolby Reed, tying the game at 3-3.
    Newton went back up in the fourth, but Post 24 once more fought back and claimed the lead, this time with a four-run fourth.
    McDaniel doubled to center field to scored Steinert and Grant Barrett to give McPherson back a 5-4 lead. Starkel and Griffin Myers would then drive in runners in consecutive at bats to make it 7-4 McPherson.
    The score stayed the same through the fifth and sixth innings, but Newton rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs to go up 9-7.
    The pressure was on McPherson in the bottom of the frame, but they responded beautifully. Barrett drove in Myers on a fielder’s choice to short stop, then Jay Krehbiel followed that up with an RBI single to center that tied the game at 9-9.
    Reed then hit another fielder’s choice, this time right back to the pitcher, which allowed Barrett to score the winning run.
    McDaniel picked up the win on the mound after taking over from Cody Starkel in the fifth inning.
    McDaniel went three innings, gave up five runs, four earned, off five and walked none. Starkel went four innings, giving up four runs off four hits. He struck out three and walked three.
    McDaniel and Starkel also picked up three RBIs each to lead McPherson (13-3), both going 2-for-4 at the plate.
    Game two was called due to lightening.
    McPherson is off until Friday, when they host the Bob Hooper Classic at Grant Sports Complex. Post 24 opens the three-day tournament against Nickerson at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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