The McPherson High School baseball team kept showing different ways in winning as they swept Rose Hill High School. With the win, the Bullpups improve their record of 8-2 overall and winning five-staight games this season.
Game One: McPherson 12 Rose Hill 1 A Wiard Performance
It was over before it started after the Bullpups put up eight runs in the first inning, crushing Rose Hill 12-1. The game lasted five innings. Almost half the points were from the Warriors' five errors they committed that would result in unearned runs for McPherson.
Chandler Wiard had a solid performance on the mound as he only allowed one hit and no runs in four innings. He also struck out seven Rose Hill players before Gabe Hoover took over as the relieved pitcher out of the bullpen. Wiard also landed his first hit of the year while at bat. Overall, Wiard stood out the most in game one.
"Chandler's (Wiard) energy is contagious on our team. He's been really good in that aspect, and I had higher expectations for his start. He was battling with some command issues, and I think that he's going to be the guy down the line that we're going to need to count on a little bit. He has some high upsides, and he's giving us some values," Bullpups head coach Heath Gerstner said.
Honestee Whittker led the Bullpups in hits after going 2-for-3 at the plate. Trey Hanken, Jakob Feil, and Zane Myers tied with two RBIs. Dylan Werries led the team with three runs.
Game Two: McPherson 9 Rose Hill 6 The X Feil
In game two, the Bullpups had a rocky start, allowing four runs in the first inning. But the Bullpups was able to respond back after Myers hit a single that would lead McPherson to score two runs. It was then in the fourth inning that the Bullpups got ahead with four more runs. It started with Myers singled on the first pitch, earning one run. Then Hoover earned a double on a 2-1 count, giving the Bullpups two more runs. After that Whittker hit a sacrifice-fly for McPherson to score one more run in to end the inning.
Gunnar Reiss, who started at pitcher, struggled on the mound. He lasted three innings, allowing four hits, six runs and only striking out one batter.
Feil stepped in for Reiss as he shut down the Warriors' offense in the last four innings. The sophomore allowed no hits or runs, four strikeouts and one walk.
"I'm guessing if you ask Jake (Jakob Feil), he would tell you that he didn't have his best stuff on the mound. We have a lot of expectations for the kid. He works his tail off, and he gave us some valuable innings tonight. I'm glad he was able to close the door for us," Gerstner said after the game.
McPherson finished the game with nine hits and nine runs. Werries led the team in hits, going 3-for-4 at bat.
"We want to be more consistent on the team. It felt like we have some unbelievable guys at bat. Some guys really stepped up and barreled the ball, and then we kind of fell a little at-bat or two. That's really the story too. We just got to be more consistent in our approach, practicing habits and on deck circles. Our guys were the better baseball team than what we showed in the second game," Gerstner said.
"I'm excited about the guys at this moment halfway through the season at 8-2 is beyond what I would've guessed. We won some close games, but I still don't believe that we played to potential yet," he continued.
The Bullpups will be back on the road as they will face Salina South High School this Friday on April 20 at 4 p.m.
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