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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 seniors falter in 11-inning thriller

  • McPherson and Newton exchanged blows for 11 innings Tuesday night in the winner’s bracket of the Class AAA Zone 5 Tournament at Grant Sports Complex, with the winner moving into the championship game and the loser on the brink of elimination.
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      MCPHERSON POST 24 SENIORS
      CLASS AAA ZONE 5 TOURNAMENT
      GRANT SPORTS COMPLEX,
      MCPHERSON
      TUESDAY
      Newton 7, McPherson 5...
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      MCPHERSON POST 24 SENIORS

      CLASS AAA ZONE 5 TOURNAMENT

      GRANT SPORTS COMPLEX,

      MCPHERSON

      TUESDAY

      Newton 7, McPherson 5 (11 inn.)

      Newton       010 010 300 02 - 7 9 0

      McPherson   010 011 200 00 - 5 6 6

      W — Burbrink, L — Ruxlow.

      McPherson Hitting (AB-R-H-BI) — Gonzalez 5-0-1-0, Blouin 5-1-1-0, Marshall 4-0-0-0, Burney 4-1-0-1, DeVore 3-1-0-0, Higgins 4-1-2-2, Peck 3-0-1-1, Schrag 3-0-0-0, Likley 4-1-1-1, Ruxlow 2-0-0-0.

      McPherson Pitching (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) — Gonzalez 6 1/3-7-5-5-1-2, Ruxlow 4 2/3-2-2-0-1-1.
  • McPherson and Newton exchanged blows for 11 innings Tuesday night in the winner’s bracket of the Class AAA Zone 5 Tournament at Grant Sports Complex, with the winner moving into the championship game and the loser on the brink of elimination.
    Steven Gonzalez and Alex Ruxlow did all they could on the mound for Post 24, and five different McPherson players recorded hits, but two 11th inning errors proved costly for Post 24, allowing Newton to win 7-5 and advance to the championship game.
    “It was a tremendous game,” McPherson coach Craig Marshall said afterwards. “Two terrific teams and was just well played. Every time they got a run, we always answered. It was just a situation where they cashed an opportunity and led us.”
    The loser’s bracket game between McPherson and Buhler was not played due to the severe weather that struck central Kansas Tuesday night. Instead, that game will be played this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Grant Sports Complex, with the championship game to follow at 7 p.m. If necessary, the second championship game will be Thursday.
    Newton played flawlessly, not committing a single error over 11 innings, while McPherson gave up six.
    “They made us earn everything we got,” Marshall said.
    Newton put up the first run of the game in the second inning, but McPherson responded in the bottom of the frame, as Isaac Peck drove in Brodie Burney off a fly ball single to center field.
    Both teams scored one each in the fifth inning, but McPherson finally took the lead in the sixth. Zach Likely drove in Garrett Higgins after hitting a sacrifice grounder to make it 3-2 in favor of Post 24.
    Newton responded with a three-run seventh, however, but Higgins came up huge for McPherson in the bottom of the inning, blasting a two-RBI double to center field that scored Ethan Blouin and Tanner DeVore, knotting up the game at 5-5.
    Higgins also sparked a great defensive play in the ninth inning to keep Newton from getting a runner in scoring position, as he launched the ball to first after a pitch to catch Dakota Stein in a run down, allowing Aaron Marshall to make the tag out.
    McPherson could only get Peck onto base in the 10th inning, but left him stranded at first. Newton loaded the bases in the top of the 11th and scored two off a pair of defensive errors in what would prove to be the game winning runs.
    Post 24 (16-17) had Marshall and Blouin in scoring position to tie the game in the bottom of the 11th, but Burney grounded out, giving Newton the 7-5 win.
    Ruxlow took the loss, working 4 2/3 innings and giving up two runs off of two hits. He struck out one and walked one. Gonzalez went 6 1/3 innings to start, giving up five runs, all earned, off seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.
    Page 2 of 2 - Higgins was the only McPherson batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Burney, Peck and Likely all had one RBI.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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