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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS splits Senior Night with El Dorado baseball

  • El Dorado became the latest victim Tuesday night of the Bullpup Curse.
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  • El Dorado became the latest victim Tuesday night of the Bullpup Curse.
    Five times this season, opponents have entered Grant Sports Complex and came away with a game one win in doubleheaders with McPherson High School
    Five times now, the Bullpups have bounced back to dominate game two.
    The pattern held true Tuesday, as El Dorado scored seven runs in the sixth inning to pull out a 10-6 win over MHS in game one, ringing up nine hits off Bullpup pitchers Micah McCulley and Caleb Schmidt.
    Alex Ruxlow then held the Wildcats scoreless in game two from the mound, giving up only three hits and walking just two as McPherson won 7-0.
    “We’ve been playing good teams,” MHS coach Grant Myers said. “So, we get splits with those teams, we’re feeling good. El Dorado, they played well tonight, but they’re not real good. So it was a little disappointing tonight that we didn’t do a better job coming out. I thought we had good practices [leading up to the game], we just couldn’t figure out how to start. To get it going. There was just a lack of life.”
    McPherson, who is 6-10 overall and 5-5 at home, did finally show some sparks in the bottom of the seventh inning, down 10-3. They scored three runs to cut the deficit to four runs, but couldn’t score any more.
    El Dorado freshman Cole Roberts took the win for the Wildcats, giving up only two earned runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out seven.
    “We were trying to figure him out,” Myers said of Robers. “The kid threw a great game. We asked the kids, ‘Is it in, is it out?’ They said no. He threw a great game. We just couldn’t hit him for some reason.”
    Senior Ethan Nadeau, one of Bullpups honored in between games of the doubleheader Tuesday, had the only multiple hit game for McPherson, as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Caleb Schmidt, Cody Starkel and Casen Hoover all had RBIs for the Pups.
    Braeden Henderson led the Wildcats with a 3-for-3 showing, including a pair of RBIs. Easton Smith had a three-run home run to right field off the first pitch from McCulley to highlight the seven-run sixth.
    McCulley took the loss, as he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, off five hits. He struck out 10 and walked five. Caleb Schmidt worked the final inning and two-thirds in relief.
    El Dorado never got out of the blocks in game two, as Ruxlow, the second of three seniors honored Tuesday, held a one-hitter through the first three innings and finished by giving up only three hits. Ruxlow walked two and struck out nine.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Pups rocked Smith, who started on the mound for the Wildcats, for six runs on six hits. Smith walked two and struck out none. Landon Cuskelly worked the final two innings in relief and gave up one run on one hit.
    Griffin Myers led McPherson with a 3-for-4 showing with an RBI. Ruxlow and Starkel had doubles, while McCulley blasted an RBI triple for McPherson.
    It was a good night all around for seniors Ruxlow, Nadeau and Logan Schrag.
    “Logan and Ethan hit the ball and, defensively, had some nice plays,” Grant Myers said. “Ruxlow...that may be the best I’ve seen him throw. He changed speeds well. That change-up...someone’s going to get hurt swinging at that thing.”
    The JV baseball team swept El Dorado 14-0 and 13-1. Jacob Loecker had the shut-out win in game one, while Jack Reifschneider had the game two victory.
    The Pups are on the road for the rest of the season and into postseason. Friday, the will face Salina South in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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