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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 extends win streak to 12

  • McPherson American Legion coach Tony Schmidt was a little worried early in the season that, after a tumultuous spring, his players might be a little burnt out.
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  • McPherson American Legion coach Tony Schmidt was a little worried early in the season that, after a tumultuous spring, his players might be a little burnt out.
    It’s safe to say Post 24 has gotten past that.
    McPherson went 4-0 Saturday and Sunday, winning the Alma Tournament in commanding fashion. Post 24 moved to 17-5 on the summer with the wins,  extending a win streak dating back to June 21 to 12 games in the process.
    The only time Post 24 was really challenged all weekend was, fittingly, the final game Sunday against Oskaloosa, as they held on tightly to a 5-4 win.
    Oskaloosa struck first, scoring one in the top of the first, but McPherson responded in the bottom of the second with a three-run inning.
    Oskaloosa cut the lead to 3-2 by the fifth inning, but Micah McCulley took the wind out of their sails with a 1-0 home run to left field that put McPherson out by two runs.
    Unfortunately, that respite only lasted briefly, as Oskaloosa tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth. Casen Hoover, playing for Post 17 on loan from the McPherson 15U baseball team, snapped the tie in the bottom of the frame with a single to center field that drove in one.
    Marcus McDaniel held off Oskaloosa in the seventh to preserve the 5-4 win.
    McCulley went six innings, however, to get the win. He gave up four runs, one earned, on five hits with five walks and eight strike outs.
    McDaniel walked two and struck out one.
    McCulley, Jacob Loecker and Jack Reifschneider, also called up from the 15Us, all had two hits, each. McCulley’s homer was the only extra base hit.
    The other three games, by contrast, saw McPherson outscore their opponents  26-2.
    Saturday, the Legion defeated the Senators 8-1 and Burlington 9-1.
    Against the Senators, McDaniel went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double. Cody Starkel and Kolby Reed had two hits, each, while Griffin Myers led the team with two RBIs.
    Caleb Schmidt picked up the win after working the mound six innings. He gave up the one run on five hits with two walks and nine strike outs.
    Myers worked a one-hitter against Burlington in the second game on Saturday. His one run was earned, as he walked two and struck out six.
    McPherson did their damage with only three hits, two of which were doubles from Starkel and Reifschneider. They were walked 10 times by Burlington pitchers.
    Starkel took the mound in the first game Sunday, as Post 24 faced Burlington again, this time in bracket play. Starkel threw a great game on the mound, as he gave up two hits and two walks, but struck out 12 Burlington batters in earning the 9-0 shut out.
    Page 2 of 2 - McPherson rattled off nine runs on five hits. Myers led the offense with two RBIs.
    Post 24 enters the home stretch of the season this week, as they host Newton tonight for a nine-inning game at Grant Sports Complex. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
    They will also host Valley Center for a Friday night doubleheader, then face the Saline Hawks Sunday at 2 p.m.
    Zone begins next week in Hays.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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