Next up for McPherson is the American Legion baseball Class AAA Zone 7 & 8 tournament starting Saturday in Great Bend.

NEWTON — The McPherson senior American Legion baseball team drops its final regular season game of the year to Newton 13-5 on Tuesday at Klein-Scott Field. Mac heads to the postseason with a 13-8 record.

McPherson got on the board first in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs, but they only scored in one more inning, putting up two runs in the fourth. Meanwhile Newton scored runs in all six innings on offense to take the victory despite being outhit by nine to six.

Leadoff batter Dylan Werries had the hot stick at the plate for Mac, going 2 for 3 and scoring two runs. Jeff Reed added two hits in four at bats and two RBIs. Alex Stitts, Marcus McDaniel, Gunnar Reiss and Tyler Wheat each picked up a hit with Reiss having the only other McPherson RBI.

McDaniel was the starting pitcher for Post 24, going two innings, giving up three runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Raine Reitsma relieved McDaniel in the third and went two innings, giving up seven runs on one hit, one earned-run, five walks and had three strikeouts. Trey Hanken came on in relief for the final two innings recording five walks and two strikeouts while yielding three runs on two hits. Reitsma was tagged with the loss.

"We were able to get some work in for a few pitchers tonight before we start postseason this Saturday," said McPherson coach Mark Reifschneider.

Next up for McPherson is the American Legion baseball Class AAA Zone 7 & 8 tournament starting Saturday in Great Bend. Mac is the No. 1 seed and will open against the No. 4 seed Hutchinson at 11 a.m. The No. 2 seed Hays then takes on No. 3 Great Bend at 1:30 p.m. The two winners then play for the Zone 8 Championship at 4 p.m. The other three teams will battle for the Zone 7 title on Sunday. All games will be played at the Great Bend Sports Complex.

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