McPherson Post 24 took a page from the Wichita State University men’s basketball program Thursday against Dodge City.

McPherson Post 24 took a page from the Wichita State University men’s basketball program Thursday against Dodge City.
After dropping their American Legion Class A State Tournament opener against Andover Central Wednesday, Post 24 came out and played angry Thursday, blasting Dodge City for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning on their way to an 11-1 run-rule victory.
“We were much more relaxed,” McPherson coach Tony Schmidt said. “We played our game. We bunted we needed to and scored when we needed to.”
The win keeps McPherson alive in the state tournament, though they next face Paola in the losers bracket after the Panthers were shocked with a 9-0 shellacking by Doniphan County in the late game Thursday.
Paola is the defending Class A state champions and lost for only the second time this season, as they have put together 29-2 record. Game time was set for 12:30 p.m., though results were unavailable at press time.
The win for McPherson was an all-around effort, as Post 24 (23-7) had hits from six hitters, with Brody Burney returning to form with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate, which included three RBIs and two runs scored. Burney has been playing a shoulder injury, and also suffered a hamstring injury just prior to the zone tournament.
Jacob Loecker went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Jack Reifschneider had a two-RBI double in the first inning.
Burney kicked off the scoring bonanza in the first inning, his hard, ground ball single to right field scored two runs. He also started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth, as he had his third RBI single that put McPherson up 9-1.
Loecker drove in the what would be the winning run with a single to left that gave Post 24 the 10-run advantage and put a stop to the game.
Micah McCulley took the start and got the win, though he only went a couple of innings and faced 39 batters. He gave up the one Dodge City run on one hit, with three walks and two runs.
“Micah threw two really good innings,” Schmidt said.
Reifschneider worked the last two innings, giving up no runs, hits or walks and striking out two.
Only throwing McCulley two innings preserves his arm for the rest of the weekend, should McPherson advance past Paola. If they do, they would play the Manhattan/Salina winner in the other half of the loser’s bracket tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Doniphan County and Andover Central are the winner’s bracket game tonight at 6 p.m.
The winner of the loser’s bracket will meet the loser of Andover/Doniphan Saturday at noon. The championship game will be at 2:30 p.m., with an as necessary game Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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