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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Starkel, Ruxlow lift Pup baseball past Buhler

  • McPherson High School pitcher Alex Ruxlow seemed to be about the only person at Grant Sports Complex who didn’t realize the wind was blowing Monday.
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  • McPherson High School pitcher Alex Ruxlow seemed to be about the only person at Grant Sports Complex who didn’t realize the wind was blowing Monday.
    The senior put heat on almost everything he threw in the second game against Buhler, leaving the Crusader hitters swinging at nothing but dust more often than not and leading the Bullpups to an 11-1 win.
    The Bullpups dropped a 12-10 decision in game one.
    “Alex did a great job,” MHS coach Grant Myers, whose team moved to 4-8 on the year, said. “The wind was really helping him.”
    The two teams battled it out in straight winds out of the northwest of 30 mph, with gusts pushing 55 mph at times throughout the doubleheader. Myers hadn’t seen wind like what the Pups and Crusaders experienced since probably his college days.
    “Elements were tough,” Myers said. “But the kids battled, showed some perseverance. Showed some toughness.”
    Ruxlow pitched six innings, striking out 11 of the 27 batters he faced. We gave up only three hits and four walks.
    Cody Starkel was the offensive sparkplug for MHS, as he went 4-for-4, with a double and a triple. The triple was the icing on a six-run fourth inning, as he drove in three of his game-high five RBIs on the hit.
    “Starkel swung the bat well,” Myers said. “That was good. We were batting .206 as a team, and that had to come up. Hopefully, that bodes well for the future.”
    Logan Schrag kicked off the scoring surge in the fourth with a solo home run to right field on a 1-0 pitch. Schrag went 1-for-3, though he had two RBIs.
    Micah McCulley also drove in two runs.
    Game one saw Buhler jump out to an 11-0 lead before the Bullpups really seemed to realize the game had started. The responded with an eight-run third inning to cut the Crusader lead to three, but couldn’t get the big hits when they really needed to, as the Pups left 12 men on base in the game.
    “We got started late,” Myers said. “It was the bottom of the third before we managed to put eight runs up, but, by then, it was 11-0, so it was 11-8. You’ve got to start. That’s something we’ll figure out, somehow.”
    Marcus McDaniel went 3-for-5 to lead the Bullpups in game one, driving in two runs and scoring once himself. Brodie Burney went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Schrag had two hits and an RBI.
    Micah McCulley got the start, but only managed to go two and two thirds innings, as he was knocked around by both the Crusaders and the win. McCulley gave up 11 runs on eight his, while waking three and striking out two.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The wind hurt Micah,” Myers said. “He pitched well, we just didn’t play good enough defense behind him.”
    Griffin Myers came on in relief and gave up only one run off four hits, walking none and striking out three.
    The JV squad also split with Buhler, as they won game one 17-2, but dropped an 11-2 decision in game two.
    Mulvane comes to town on Thursday. First pitch in the twinbill is at 4 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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