By the end of the game two against Great Bend Wednesday, the fatigue for the McPherson American Legion Seniors had begun to set in.
Post 24 had played four games in just over 24 hours in extreme heat, but preservered and kept their win streak alive at five games with a sweep of the Chiefs 7-2 and 10-5 at Grant Sports Complex.
“I was just very proud of the way the guys battled back to get tied (in game two) and just took it,” McPherson coach Craig Marshall said. “They did what they needed to do.”
McPherson looked strong at the plate in game one, with Aaron Marshall knocking out a two-run home run over the left field fence off a 2-1 count in the first inning. Marshall also added an RBI double to right field in the bottom of the fifth, which was followed by RBI doubles from Brodie Burney and Tanner DeVore to push the lead to 7-1.
Marshall also picked up the win on the mound, going all seven innings and giving up two runs off of five hits. He walked one and struck out nine batters.
Great Bend took advantage of McPherson’s fatigue in game two, however, as they led 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Post 24 (14-15) clawed their way back into the game, however, as Logan Schrag came home off a walk, then Burney drove allowed two runs to score off a fielder’s choice to the Great Bend short stop that tied the game at 4-4.
McPherson busted the game open in the bottom of the sixth by scoring six runs and claiming the lead.
“The bottom part of the order really came through in a clutch situation,” Craig Marshall said of the sixth inning rally.
The Chiefs would add one more in the seventh, but Steven Gonzalez struck out two batters to put the brakes on the rally and pick up the win after coming in during the sixth inning for Alex Ruxlow, who looked to pull a muscle while warming up.
Gonzalez finished with four strike outs in the game and one walk. He gave up one run off of two hits.
Aaron Marshall, Burney, DeVore and Garrett Higgins all had two RBIs in the game.