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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 sweeps Sluggers 9-1, 7-5

  • McPherson Post 24’s two games against Wichita Tuesday night couldn’t have been more different.
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  • McPherson Post 24’s two games against Wichita Tuesday night couldn’t have been more different.
    In game one, the American Legion very nearly had a flawless game on the field, giving up no errors and only one run on one hit in a 9-1 win.
    Game two saw five errors committed by McPherson fielders in a comeback 10-5 win.
    “I think that first game, we were ready to play,” Post 24 coach Tony Schmidt said. “That second game, we saw who we were playing and we just didn’t play as well.”
    Game one was all McPherson (11-5) as they scored seven unanswered runs on their way to the 9-1, run-rule win.
    Jacob Loecker had bombed an RBI double to left-center field to score the decisive run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Griffin Myers had a perfect night in game one, as he went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
    Micah McCulley had a 2-for-2 night with an RBI and a run scored.
    It was McCulley’s pitching that really held the Sluggers at bay, as he had a no hitter working until the top of the fourth, when a triple scored Wichita’s only run of the game.
    “It was good for his confidence,” Schmidt said of McCulley’s outing on the mound. “He was consistent with his motion, and that’s been a problem we’ve had with him. He threw well tonight. He established his breaking ball, after he established his fast ball finally.”
    McCulley went the distance for the win, as he had the one earned run off one hit and five walks. He also fanned six Wichita batters.
    McPherson struggled against the Slugger pitching in game two, as they went four innings before getting a hit.
    The Sluggers were up 5-1 heading into the Post 24 fourth inning, when the first four batters were walked. Marcus McDaniel blasted a line-drive double to left field that scored two runs that suddenly had McPherson back in the game.
    Caleb Schmidt scored on a wild pitch the next at-bat to tie, followed by McDaniel scoring on yet another passed ball to give Post 24 the lead for good.
    Post 24 added some insurance runs in the bottom of the second, including a double to center field by Cody Starkel that looked like it could have been a three-run home run before dropping just in front of the fence.
    All said, McPherson finished with 10 runs on four hits with five errors.
    Schmidt had the win on the mound after coming into the game in the fifth inning in relief of Griffin Myers. Schmidt gave up one hit and five walks with two strike outs.
    Page 2 of 2 - Myers had two earned runs on five hits with a walk and a strike out.
    Starkel was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. McDaniel also had a pair of runs batted in and scored three times, himself.
    Despite the uneven nature of the doubleheader, the real complication for Post 24 has been the weather, as they have had a number of games washed out this summer. That included a planned six-team tournament this past weekend that was unable to be played due to rain.
    To even practice, the Legion has had to use the old Dillons store at Euclid and Ash Streets, which has been converted into an indoor practice facility until it is sold.
    “Thank goodness for South Dillons,” Tony Schmidt said. “We’ve been in there a lot. We were in there three times this week. And that gets boring. We did three pitching sessions, but how much do you pitch them and how much don’t you pitch them? It’s not like a live game.”
    McPherson will try to make up at least two games missed from this weekend’s cancelled tournament, as they will host Great Bend tonight at 6 p.m. in a doubleheader at Grant Sports Complex.
    “Great Bend will be a pretty decent team,” Schmidt said. “They’ve got two lefties that throw pretty decent. Tomorrow will be a challenge, I think, but we’ll be up for it.”
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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