McPherson College and Bethany College each claimed a win in the opening day of the Battle of McPherson County Friday, with more fireworks expected this afternoon.

McPherson College and Bethany College each claimed a win in the opening day of the Battle of McPherson County Friday, with more fireworks expected this afternoon.
The Bulldogs won game one in dramatic, walk-off fashion 6-5, but the Swedes responded with a 13-7 victory in game two.
“It was good to garner a split on the road,” Swede coach Andrew Bartman said. “We were out-hit in the first game and played flat in the early innings Our bats came alive in the second game and Dan [Eck] gave us a good start. We look forward to attempting to win a series tomorrow at home.”
Mac College had taken a 5-1 lead in game one thanks to a three-run bottom of the fifth highlighted by Trevor Haycock drilling a line drive down the left field line that scored Tom Potter and Shane VanSteenburg.
The Swedes, however, responded in the next frame with four runs, thanks in part to a couple of Bulldog errors. Weston Jacobs started the rally with a sacrifice grounder to second that scored Sammuel Ramirez. Nicholas Ceccarelli then drove in Ramirez and scored, himself, on a wild pitch from MC pitcher Ethan Dowling to tie the game at 5-5.
Neither McPherson (6-23, 2-8 KCAC) nor Bethany (14-16, 5-5) scored in their next at-bats. The Swedes threatened in the top of the seventh, advancing Anthony Burgess to third, but couldn’t convert the run.
Kyle McDonald singled in the bottom of the frame to get on base. Dylan Fontenot then hit a rocket through the hole at second base that advanced the runner home for the walk-off win.
Evan Willow went 3 for 4 from the designated hitter position to lead the Bulldogs, who had 13 hits in the win. Potter, McDonald and Haycock all had two hits.
Jake Ross, Josiry Cirino, Erik Pedersen and Steven Valezquez-Perez all had two hits for Bethany.
Brant Rhoades worked the final inning for Mac to get the win, giving up two hits and getting one strike out. Dowling went six innings before being relieved, giving up one earned run on eight hits with three walks and two strike outs.
Carl Daniels took the loss, as he also came into the game in the seventh. He gave up two hits and the one earned run.
Raymond Vazquez put Bethany on the board first in game two with an RBI single to right field. The Swedes then exploded for seven runs in the second inning and McPherson never threatened in the 13-7 win.
Ramirez had the highlight of the night in that seven-run second, as he blasted a grand slam over the fence in left field off an 0-2 count from Bulldog starter Jesse Correll. Ross had a two-run blast of his own in the second that also went over the left field fence.
Ross and Vazquez both had two hits to lead the Swedes, who had 10 hits off four Bulldog pitchers.
Mac was led by Reily Martin and McDonald, who both went 2 for 3. McPherson totaled nine hits.
Dan Eck took the win on the mound, as he went five innings in the start and gave up four earned runs off seven hits, with four walks and four strike outs to his credit.
Correll took the loss and gave up eight runs, four earned, on six hits with one walk.
The two teams will go at it again this afternoon for the second doubleheader of the series, which shifts to Lindsborg. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

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