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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpup baseball ends regular season with split of Mustangs

  • It was only fitting that the McPherson High baseball team ended the regular season the same way it ended so many doubleheaders this spring.
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  • It was only fitting that the McPherson High baseball team ended the regular season the same way it ended so many doubleheaders this spring.
    The Bullpups needed an extra inning to pick up a game one win Tuesday over Salina Central 5-3, but MHS fell to the Mustangs 10-4 in game two.
     The Pups were looking at a 3-2 deficit heading into the seventh inning. Micah McCulley belted a first-pitch offering to center field to get on base.
    Caleb Schmidt then drove McCulley home with a line drive to center that tied it up at 3-3.
    The Mustangs stranded a runner in the bottom of the seventh, which gave the Pups the opportunity to win the game in the eighth.
    With runners at second and third, Logan Schrag batted a hard, ground ball to center field that scored both runners in what would be the winning hit.
    Central went down in order in the bottom of the frame.
    Schmidt led the Pups with a 3-for-4 showing at the late with an RBI. Cody Starkel went 2-for-3 and also had a RBI.
    Schmidt was also the winning pitcher, as he took over for starter Alex Ruxlow in the sixth inning. Schmidt only allowed one hit and struck out two batters.
    Ruxlow gave up two earned runs on four hits with an oustanding 10 strike outs to his credit.
    The Pups (7-13) struck first in game two, as Casen Hoover roped a single to center that scored Schrag.
    The Mustangs, however, responded with six unanswered runs that all but put the game away by the time MHS scored again in the fifth inning.
    While McPherson did plate runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, Salina Central added four more runs between their own fifth and sixth innings to hold off any Bullpup rally.
    Michah McCulley took the loss for McPherson, as he started on the mound and worked 2 1/3 innings. He gave up five earned runs on five hits and walked four batters.
    Marcus McDaniel took over and went 2 2/3 innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. McDaniel walked three and had the only Bullpup strike out.
    Griffin Myers went the final inning and had a hit with two earned runs. He walked two.
    Myers also led the Bullpups at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Schmidt, Starkel, Ethan Nadeau, McCulley and Hoover all recorded RBIs.
    Starkel also had two stolen bases.
    The MHS JV also split with the Mustangs. Hoover took the game one loss 4-2, giving up 10 hits and three earned runs. He struck out five and walked two.
    Jack Reifschneider, Michael Saverino, Hoover and Alex Sitts all had one hit, each, for MHS.
    Page 2 of 2 - MHS rebounded in a huge way in game two of the JV twinbill, as the Pups pounded out 14 hits and 17 runs to rout Salina Central 17-6.
    Caleb Giddings went 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI. Alex Kalkhorst had two triples and four RBIs in an 3-for-4 showing.
    Sitts and Saverino both had doubles, with Saverion joining Jeffrey Reed in knocking in two runs.
    Raine Reitsma went all seven innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits. He walked eight but struck out nine batters.
    The Pups now await word of their Class 4A Division I Ulysses Regional opponent. The Pups will play May 19 at Dick Kreie Memorial Field.
    Andale, Buhler and Ulysses comprise the rest of the regional field.

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