Pool play continues Saturday and Sunday.
The McPherson senior American Legion baseball team, after moving to the Hutchinson tournament at the last minute because their own Hooper tournament was cancelled, started pool play with wins over Kingman and Hays Friday. Game three of pool play is Saturday morning against the Kansas Cannons.
McPherson only managed four hits against Kingman but took advantage of nine walks and two errors to win 11-1 in four innings. Four Mac hitters managed a hit apiece with Gunnar Reiss scoring three runs.
Dylan Werries and Jeff Reed combined on a no-hitter, with Werries going three innings and Reed one. Werries had five strikeouts and a walk. Reed notched two strikeouts in throwing a perfect inning.
"The Kingman team had a lot of younger players," said Mac coach Mark Reifschneider. "It was a good low stress game for us to knock off the rust. Their pitchers gave us a lot of free bags."
Game two saw both teams get five hits but McPherson was able to scratch out two runs in defeating the Hays Monarchs 2-1. Reiss was 2 for 3 with a RBI, with Werries, Alex Kalkhorst and Mikey Saverino each getting a hit.
Corbin Steinert started on the mound and pitched a strong six and one third innings, giving up just one run on five hits, walking one and getting four strikeouts. Jack Reifschneider pitched the final two outs for the save, striking out both batters he faced.
"This was a very clean game on both sides, it was a classic pitchers duel," said Coach Reifschneider. "Corbin pitched an awesome game, he was throwing all pitches for strikes and hit his spots. Both defenses were excellent as well. I was very proud of our guys for their ability to lock in after such a long time off."
After Saturday mornings pool play game, Mac finishes pool play Sunday at 10 a.m. against the Central Kansas Cyclones at Rice Sports Complex field No. 1.