McPherson’s Junior American Legion squad needed a pair of wins Thursday night against Nickerson to have some solid momentum heading into next week’s 17U Zone Tournament.
Instead, Post 24 dropped a 7-2 decision in game one, looking somewhat lethargic in the process. The loss served to wake the Juniors up, however, in game two, as they pounded Nickerson 13-1 in four innings.
“We weren’t very patient (in game one),” McPherson coach Tony Schmidt said. “If we’d see something we could hit, we went ahead and hit it. The second game, we told them they’ve got to be more patient at the plate and hit the ball. And they did.”
Post 24 had eight hits in the second game of the doubleheader, with Griffin Myers having a two-hit game, as he went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Myers also picked up the win on the mound, going all four innings and giving up only one earned run off two hits. He struck out one and walked two.
McPherson got the ball rolling in the first inning, when Marcus McDaniel ripped a ground ball single to left field that scored Caleb Schmidt. Post 24 scored five more runs in the bottom of the first.
They added four more in the second, highlighted by a Jacob Loecker RBI triple. Another three runs in the third made it 13-1 and forcing the run rule win for McPherson (19-6).
Loecker looked solid on the mound in taking the loss in game one. He went the complete game and gave up the seven runs off of six hits. Loecker struck out seven and walked five.
Schmidt was happy with the way his Juniors played in that second game.
“I’m glad we ended on a good note before we go to zone,” he said. “We played our game and got guys on (base).”
McPherson now awaits its fate for the Zone Tournament next week in Newton. Seeding will be announced either today or tomorrow.
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