Caleb Schmidt gave an incredible game one effort on the mound, but McPherson High couldn’t get the runs across when they needed, as they were swept by Augusta in the season opener 6-1 and 6-2.

Caleb Schmidt gave an incredible game one effort on the mound, but McPherson High couldn’t get the runs across when they needed, as they were swept by Augusta in the season opener 6-1 and 6-2.
Schmidt went five scoreless innings in game one before the Oriole bats woke up and they rocked both him and reliever Griffin Myers for six runs, five of which were earned, in the sixth.
Schmidt went five and a third innings in taking the loss, giving up three earned runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Myers didn’t work a full third of an inning before being pulled as he gave up two runs on two hits.
Jack Reifschneider went two-thirds of an inning to end the inning.
Offensively, the Pups (0-2, 0-2 AVCTL Division III) had only three hits, with Jacob Loecker picking up the only RBI, as he drove home Mikey Saverino in the top of the seventh.
“We had chances with runners in scoring position but could not get the big hit we needed,” MHS coach Heath Gerstner said. “They created a big inning and put five up and we couldn’t stop the bleeding, so to speak.”
McPherson took a 2-1 lead over Augusta (2-0, 2-0) into the bottom of the second inning, but the Orioles again came up big with a three-run showing in the second.
They added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth inning.
The Bullpup bats were kept largely silent again, as they managed only four hits to Augusta’s nine. The Pups were walked eight times, however, to generate baserunners.
“Game two was disappointing and [I] thought we had many chances and just did not capitalize,” Gerstner, who made his Bullpup debut Thursday, said. “Marcus McDaniel relieved Micah McCulley early in the game and really pitched well and kept us in the game.”
McDaniel relieved McCulley after an inning and a third and closed out the game. McDaniel had one earned run credited to him off five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.
McCulley gave up three earned runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeouts in taking the loss.
Despite the lackluster offensive effort, Gerstner can see bright spots all over the field for the young Bullpups.
“We had very few highlights offensively and we hope to fix that quickly,” he said, “but, defensively, we were very solid and, if our pitching and defense stay solid, we will be in all games.”
There was no JV game played Thursday, due to a lack of facilities at Augusta. The JV Pups will play today at 4:30 p.m.
McPherson will have its home opener Monday, as it hosts Mulvane at Grant Sports Complex. First pitch for the doubleheader is slated for 4 p.m.