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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 Seniors stay alive in Zone 5

  • McPherson Post 24 cleared the first hurdle in their bid to head to the American Legion Class AAA State Tournament next week, as they outlasted Buhler 6-3 Monday night at Grant Sports Complex.
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      MCPHERSON POST 24 SENIORS
       at BUHLER
      CLASS AAA ZONE 5 TOURNAMENT
      GRANT SPORTS COMPLEX,
      MCPHERSON
      MONDAY
      McPherson 6, Buh...
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      McPherson vs. Buhler Box Score
      MCPHERSON POST 24 SENIORS

       at BUHLER

      CLASS AAA ZONE 5 TOURNAMENT

      GRANT SPORTS COMPLEX,

      MCPHERSON

      MONDAY

      McPherson 6, Buhler 3

      McPherson     0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 - 6 13 1

      Buhler           0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 - 3   4 3

      W — Marshall (Save — Gonzalez), L — DeVore.

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

      McPherson Pitching (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) — Marshall 5-2-1-1-5-3, Ruxlow 2-1-2-1-5-2, Gonzalez 2-1-0-0-1-2.
  • McPherson Post 24 cleared the first hurdle in their bid to head to the American Legion Class AAA State Tournament next week, as they outlasted Buhler 6-3 Monday night at Grant Sports Complex.
    The next obstacle is Newton, to whom McPherson has lost twice this season.
    Aaron Marshall kept Post 24 from faltering against a scrappy Buhler team that refused to accept defeat, as he picked up the win on the mound after pitching five inning, plus went 4-for-5 at the plate. That included a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning that gave McPherson some breathing room after the Nationals had closed the gap to 4-3.
    “That was a vapor trail,” McPherson coach Craig Marshall said of the homer. “And it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
    McPherson struck first on the scoreboard, as Tanner DeVore led off in the second inning with a triple to right field. He then scored on the next at-bat off a wild pitch. Garrett Higgins would also score in the inning, giving McPherson a 2-0 lead.
    Ethan Blouin repeated DeVore’s feat in the third inning, as he blasted a line drive to the right field fence off the second pitch, converting the at-bat to a triple. He then scored off an Aaron Marshall bunt to bump the lead to 3-0.
    Buhler finally scored in the bottom of the fourth and Nationals pitcher Treyton DeVore started working the strike zone on Post 24, as the big hits became fewer and fewer. McPherson picked up a score in the top of the sixth, but Buhler closed the gap to 4-3 in the seventh inning.
    The Nationals looked poised to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth with runners at first and third, but Steven Gonzalez shut down the rally attempt after coming into the game in relief of Alex Ruxlow.
    “That was huge,” Craig Marshall said of Gonzalez’s efforts on the mound. “Our pitching was really good tonight. Aaron [Marshall] gave us a good start, pitching five-plus innings. Then [Ruxlow] came in a bit and picked him up and held the lead. Then Alex struggled in the eighth and Steven came in and picked him up. It was a true pitching staff effort.”
    Aaron Marshall gave up one run off two hits in picking up the win. He struck out three and walked five. Ruxlow went two innings, giving up two runs off one hit, striking out two and walked five. Gonzalez earned the save in the final two innings, striking out two batters and giving up a solitary hit.
    Treyton DeVore, who is an second team Class 2-1A All-State selection for Inman, threw 145 pitches for Buhler in taking the loss. He struck out eight of the 43 batters he faced and only walked two.
    Page 2 of 2 - Marshall also had three RBIs for the game, with Isaac Peck picking up the other run batted in.
    Marshall and Zach Likely both had doubles on the evening.
    McPherson will play Newton this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Grant Sport Complex. A win will have McPherson facing either Newton or Buhler in the Zone 5 Championship Game Wednesday at 4 p.m. A loss means McPherson (16-16) and Buhler collide tonight at 7 p.m.
    All games in the Class AAA tournament, both Zone and State, are nine inning games.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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