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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 stumbles in state opener

  • McPherson Post 24 was sitting pretty in Wednesday’s American Legion Class A State Baseball Tournament heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against Andover Central, as they were up 3-1.
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  • McPherson Post 24 was sitting pretty in Wednesday’s American Legion Class A State Baseball Tournament heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against Andover Central, as they were up 3-1.
    Unforunately, that’s when the wheels came off the bus.
    Andover erupted for seven runs off six hits in the frame to pull of the comeback rally and win 8-3.
    McPherson moved into the loser’s bracket this morning at 10 a.m., where they faced Dodge City. That game was still being played at press time.
    The Jaguars opened up with a run off a McPherson error in the bottom of the first. Post 24 (22-7) tied it up in the top of the fourth after a balk by Andover pitcher Anderw Rafferty sent Casen Hoover home.
    Kolby Reed then gave McPherson the go-ahead run off a sacrifice grounder to second base that sent Micah McCulley across home plate.
    Jacob Loecker put McPherson up 3-1 in the top of the fifth with a hard, ground ball single to left field that scored Cody Starkel.
    Andover came back, though, in the bottom of the sixth, as they hit two singles, a double and a triple that left McPherson reeling before they could pull it back together and pick up the final two outs of the inning in consecutive batters.
    In the top of the seventh, McPherson managed only one base runner, as Starkel was beaned by Jaguar reliever Dakota Rodd. Unfortunately, the next three batters went down after consecutive pop-ups and a grounder to third.
    Caleb Schmidt had a 2-for-3 day with a single and a triple. McCulley had the only other extra-base hit in the form of a double.
    Loecker and Reed had the two McPherson RBIs.
    Marcus McDaniel took the loss on the mound after throwing 106 pitches to 42 batters. He gave up the eight runs, none earned, on eight hits and three walks. He struck out three.
    If McPherson staves off elimination this morning, they will play again Friday morning at 10 a.m. The championship game is planned for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Sportsfield Complex in Leavenworth, with a second championship game if necessary at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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