The McPherson Senior Legion had opportunities during both games of a away-home series with Newton Monday and Tuesday, but just couldn’t lay down the hits when they needed in either game, falling Monday on the road 7-5 and then at home Tuesday 11-8.
McPherson led 3-1 after the second inning of Monday’s nine-inning game, but gave up three to the Knights in the third inning.
Post 24 did get it tied back up in the fourth, but Newton rallied and managed to get a run in each of the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
“We left 13 runners on base and should have won the game earlier,” McPherson coach Craig Marshall said. “Our defense needed to be better at making the tough plays, as we had a few balls not caught that could have been.”
Aaron Marshall took the loss in relief of starter Steven Gonzalez, going four innings and giving up two runs off two hits. He had three strikeouts and three walks.
Marshall also help lead the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Alex Ruxlow also went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Tuesday saw both teams embroiled in a hitting exhibition. McPherson had 16 hits at Grant Sports Complex, led by Aaron Marshall, who went 3-for-6 with a pair of triples, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Unfortunately, Newton took advantage of tired McPherson arms in the fifth and sixth innings to score five runs. They added two in each of the eighth and ninth to secure the win.
Post 24 (9-14) is off until Saturday, when they have a road doubleheader against El Dorado.