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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 falters against Newton 17-1

  • The saying goes that all good things must come to an end.
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  • The saying goes that all good things must come to an end.
    The McPherson American Legion baseball team just wishes their 12-game win streak had ended a little more gently than it did Tuesday night against the Newton seniors.
    “Humble pie is good sometimes,” Post 24 coach Tony Schmidt said following the 17-1 loss. “And I think it was a good time to lose, if there is a good time to lose.”
    McPherson had started out well against a Knight team that boasted several college freshmen amongst their number. Starter Marcus McDaniel kept the damage to a minimum in his first three innings, as he held the Knights to only three runs.
    The wheels came off a little in the fourth inning, however, as Newton scored four runs and ended McDaniel’s night on the mound with the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits with three walks and a pair of strike outs.
    Jacob Loecker and Jack Reifschneider didn’t have much more luck in relief, as they gave up 10 runs and eight hits between their combined 3 2/3 innings.
    Griffin Myers finished out the eighth inning of what had been a scheduled nine-inning game before the run rule went into effect. Myers faced only three batters and allowed none on base.
    “Until the fourth inning, it was a pretty decent ball game,” Schmidt said. “We actually had some hits here and there, got some base runners thrown out early, which hurts. It just seems like we got flat with our attitudes and that’s what we discussed with them tonight. It’s 82 degrees, a beautiful night out. You’ve got to want to play baseball. And it just seemed like we didn’t want to play baseball too badly tonight.”
    McPherson staved off the run-rule in the bottom of the seventh, as they were down 10-0 and needed at least one score to keep the game going. That run came off an error at short stop that allowed Myers to make it 10-1.
    Unfortunately for McPherson (17-6), Newton unloaded for seven runs on four hits, three of which were RBI doubles.
    Post 24 had a runner on base in the eighth, but couldn’t advance him into scoring position before the third out.
    McPherson mustered six total hits spread out over six hitters. No one made it out of the infield. Myers stole two bases for Post 24.
    Newton has been a powerhouse all season, as they have posted a 16-3-1 record this summer. For Schmidt and Post 24, such competition was a good primer for both the Legion Zone tournament next week in Hays and also a possible run into the state tournament.
    Page 2 of 2 - Not only that, but Schmidt is already looking towards playing the Knights in 2015, as coming changes to the Legion rules may even the field a little.
    “We won’t have 19 year olds playing against 16 year olds,” Schmidt said. “It’ll be a good match up with them for next year. We’re looking forward to it.”
    McPherson has one last doubleheader on the docket tonight, as they host the Salina Hawks at Grant Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m.
    A planned doubleheader Friday against Valley Center was canceled, as was a triangular planned for Sunday afternoon against against the Hawks and the McPherson 15Us.
    Contact Chris Swick at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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