BUHLER — A planned triangular instead became a McPherson sweep of Buhler Saturday, with the Post 24 Seniors winning 8-2 and 13-7.
Originally, Winfield was to have also taken part in Saturday’s games at Buhler, but the death of a parent of a team member kept Winfield home Saturday.
Post 24 started slow against Buhler in game one, as they trailed 2-0 after the bottom of the third inning. McPherson shook off their sluggishness at the plate in the top of the fourth, as Brodie Burney drove in Aaron Marshall off a single to right field that kicked off a three-run inning, giving McPherson the lead. Aaron Ruxlow and Zach Likely both had RBIs in the inning.
Ethan Blouin had a two-RBI triple to right field in the fifth inning, kicking off a four-run McPherson output. Blouin scored off a Marshall double to center.
Alex Ruxlow pitched six strong innings for the win, giving up only two runs, one earned, off of four hits. He struck out four and walked seven. Steven Gonzalez pitched the seventh to preserve the win.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair, with McPherson jumping out to a 5-3 lead after the second inning.
Post 24 then added one more run in the third, but Buhler tied it up 6-6 in the bottom of the frame.
The score stayed tied through the fourth, but Gonzalez triggered a six-run fifth inning with a double to right that scored Ethan Nadeau. Blouin followed up the next at-bat with his own two-RBI double to left field. Burney had a two-RBI single, while Nadeau added his own RBI single before Buhler could stop the damage.
Both teams added a run in the sixth inning.
Blouin and Burney both finished with three RBIs in game two to lead McPherson (9-12). Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Marshall picked up the win on the mound, taking over in the third inning in relief of Burney. Marshall went 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run off two hits, striking out three and walking five.
“I was very proud of our team winning both games after a disappointing loss to Buhler last Sunday in the semifinals of our home tournament,” McPherson coach Craig Marshall said.
McPherson was back in action Monday night at Newton, falling 7-5. They will host Newton tonight at Grant Sports Complex for a single, nine-inning game. A recap of both games will be in Wednesday’s Sentinel.