Youth baseball teams from all across the state gathered in McPherson over the weekend to compete in the 15th annual McPherson Baseball Association Summer Slam Tournament at Wall Park and Grant Complex. Host McPherson area teams had successful showings with four total championships.
The McPherson Red team shined bright all weekend, going 2-0 in pool play by a combined score of 28-6. McPherson Red carried that momentum into the finals on Sunday and won the championship. The McPherson White team had some unfavorable luck, going 0-2, but with narrow 8-7, and 5-3 losses in pool play.
The lone McPherson team in the 9U division began Saturday with a thrilling 13-12 win, but ended the day with a sour 14-5 loss. They would eventually be eliminated as the Kansas Crushers won the title.
The McPherson Red team started Saturday with a 9-9 tie, followed by a loss later on in the day. However, they were able to dust off a shaky Saturday start, winning the championship on Sunday.
The McPherson White team lost a pair of lopsided games in pool play.
McPherson Red had a nice Saturday despite going 1-1. They outscored their two opponents 25-12 in pool play, and continued that dominance into Sunday by winning the championship as the No. 3 seed.
The McPherson White team went 0-2 on Saturday, and had its season ended by the eventual champions, McPherson Red, in the first round of the tournament on Sunday.
The juggernaut in the 12U division was hands down the McPherson County Stixx. They entered Sunday’s tournament as the No. 1 overall seed with a pair of wins, including an 8-4 win over McPherson Red. The McPherson County Stixx continued the momentum into Sunday to win the championship.
The McPherson Red team advanced to the championship, but lost to the Stixx in the end. McPherson Red was 2-0 against teams other than the McPherson County Stixx.
The McPherson White team went 0-3 overall.
The lone McPherson team went 0-2 with an 8-5 loss and an 8-2 loss to the eventual champions, Wichita Tigers.
The Tri County Blues won the 14U division, which did not feature a McPherson or McPherson County team.
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