For as well as McPherson Post 24 played Thursday, Friday was a bit of a letdown.

For as well as McPherson Post 24 played Thursday, Friday was a bit of a letdown.
The Legion 17Us played a second doubleheader in Enid, Okla., with the first against the team they swept on Thursday, the Enid Minors, and the second against the 18U Enid Majors.
While game one was a defensive dual between McPherson’s Jacob Loecker and Enid’s Colton Troxell, the second game was all Enid, as the Majors erupted for 13 runs on 12 hits in a 13-0 shellacking.
Enid squeaked out a 3-1 win in game one.
Loecker was strong on the mound in game one, as he held the Minors to only three total runs on five hits, with two runs earned. He struck out four and walked four, throwing out 98 total pitches.
Enid had a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the sixth, when McPherson (3-4) cut the lead to one run when Andrew Powell hit a sacrifice grounder to second base that scored Kolby Reed.
Unfortunately, Post 24 left the tying run on second in Trenton Olson after Caleb Schmidt flied out to center field. Enid picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the frame, but didn’t need it as McPherson went down in order in the seventh.
Olson had one of the only two hits for McPherson. Cody Starkel had a line drive to left field in the top of the first.
Starkel had the only extra-base hit for Post 24 on the day, as he drilled a double to left in the top of the first off a full count from Enid pitcher Tanner Rutledge.
McPherson had runners advance to second base on three different occasions, but couldn’t manage to get them home, as the Majors clamped down defensively, only allowing three total hits.
Offensively, Enid pounded the ball for nine hits off of starter Caleb Schmidt, who went two innings and gave up nine earned runs on nine hits in the loss. He struck out two and walked four.
Micah McCulley worked the final inning before the game was called due to the run rule and gave up an additional four earned runs on three hits. He walked two.
Griffin Myers and Jack Reifschneider both had hits for McPherson. Reifschneider also recorded a stolen base.
The Legion is back home on Sunday, as they host Andover for a Father’s Day doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Grant Sports Complex.

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