Mac's offense managed 15 hits and 14 RBIs in just 22 official at bats, four walks, only three strikeouts and 15 stolen bases.
BUHLER — Five McPherson batters had multiple hits as the Post 24 junior American Legion run-ruled Russell Wednesday for a 16-4 victory in the opening round of District 4 zone tournament. Mac's 15 hits came in just three turns at bat as the game ended after three and a half innings.
Kaleb Hoppes led the Mac attack at the plate, going 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Kourtney Craig and Chandler Wiard were also perfect hitting with each going 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Craig had four RBIs while Wiard had one. Will Powers and Jakob Feil added 2 for 3 performances at the plate, with Feil coming home three times and Powers once. Each picked up one RBI. Four other Mac batters picked up a hit apiece, among those Gabe Hoover and Honestee Whittker, who also picked up two RBIs each.
When all was said and done Post 24's offensive stats were worthy of seven at bats, much less three. Mac's offense managed 15 hits and 14 RBIs in just 22 official at bats, four walks, only three strikeouts and 15 stolen bases. Jakob Feil and Wiard each had four swiped bases, with Hoppes recording three, Shane Starkel credited for two and Devin Feil and Gabe Hoover each nabbing one.
Jakob Feil got the starting nod on the hill for McPherson and went one and two third innings, giving up two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Hoover followed and threw one and one third innings, yielding a run on two hits with a couple of strikeouts and a walk. Brayden Stout finished things off in a mop up roll, giving up three hits, a run and a walk in an inning of work. From the outside looking in it seemed as if Mac was clicking on all cylinders today.
"I wouldn't say that," stated McPherson coach Heath Gerstner. "If we play like we did today we will struggle tomorrow. We weren't ready to play to start, we kind of took them a little bit lightly. I think it's a good tune up for tomorrow. We know we can play better than that so I guess as a coach that makes me feel pretty good. I was excited our pitchers threw strikes and we had some good QABs (quality at bats) there to get us started with that big two out rally in the second inning but we're going to have to be better tomorrow."
Next up for McPherson they will face the Great Bend Braves Thursday at 3 p.m. in Buhler. Great Bend defeated Pratt 17-16 Wednesday on a walk-off single by Calin Haberman that scored Riley Smith. The winner of this game moves on to the championship scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, while the loser drops into the loser's bracket and will play again Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
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