The McPherson High baseball team finally got the bats going this season in a big way Monday, as they rocked Mulvane for 17 hits and 22 runs in a sweep at Grant Sports Complex.

The McPherson High baseball team finally got the bats going this season in a big way Monday, as they rocked Mulvane for 17 hits and 22 runs in a sweep at Grant Sports Complex.
McPherson won game one 7-1 and then raced away with a 15-6 win in game two.
The Bullpups struggled a little at the plate Thursday against Augusta in the season opener, and took until the bottom of the fifth inning Monday before finally finding the next gear at the plate.
“I thought we hit balls really hard all day,” MHS coach Heath Gerstner said. “Our at-bats were vastly improved from last Thursday. I kept telling our guys, trust the process, continue hitting balls hard and good things will happen. Was able to break it open a little in that first game. It was good to get that first win.”
The Pups trailed 1-0 going into the fifth, when Mulvane’s Jaden Dulaney Griffin Myers with the bases loaded to score Jose Arriola. Kolby Reed then scored on a wild pitch from Dulaney to take a 2-1 lead.
In the sixth, Ethan Evans walked the bases loaded for the Pups and then sent Micah McCulley home with a fourth walk to Cody Starkel.
Griffin Myers then cleared the bases with a line drive triple to left field that left McPherson (2-2) up 6-1. He would then score on an error in the next at-bat to make it 7-1.
Jack Reifschneider had a tremendous outing on the mound, as he had one run against three hits. He walked two and struck out one. Caleb Schmidt closed out the game in the seventh and gave up one hit and struck out one.
Game two started out shaky, as starter Micah McCulley gave up five Wildcat runs in the top of the first inning.
The Bullpups shrugged it off, however, and responded with a 10-run showing that saw 14 McPherson batters and a McCulley two-run home run, as well as a bases-clearing double from Mikey Saverino that left MHS up 10-5 after one complete inning.
Mulvane wouldn’t threaten again, as McCulley went four more innings in picking up the win. He allowed only three hits and four earned runs with two strike outs and seven walks.
“How about his teammates?” Gerstner said. “His teammates believed we could chip away and really did. I think it all relates back to Cody [Starkel]. They got a five-spot and we come right back and Cody comes out and hits a missile to start the inning. And that just changes the mind set.”
Starkel went 3 for 5 in that game two and had a home run of his own to lead off the bottom of the third on a 0-2 pitch that sailed over the fence in left field. McPherson would score two more runs in that inning and two in the fourth.
The Pups had two hits from Schmidt and Casen Hoover. Saverino had four RBIs in the game, while Starkel, Schmidt, Hoover and McCulley all had two.
Also telling for the Bullpups were the lack of errors. MHS committed only two for both games, both coming in game two.
“That’s our plan,” Gerstner said. “We want to be solid pitching and solid defensively. I truly believe hitting is going to come and go. You’re going to have days you can’t hit it a lick, which we kind of had last Thursday. But if your pitching and defense are solid, you’re going to have a chance most nights.”
The JV Pups picked up their first win of the season in game one against Mulvane, winning 5-4. The Wildcats responded, however, with a 15-3 drubbing in the second half of the doubleheader.
Jeffrey Reed went 2 for 3 in game one to lead the Pups, with Trey Hanken taking the win in two innings of work. He gave up one earned run on two hits with a walk and a strike out.
Mulvane had seven runs in the fifth inning to get the run-rule win. Alex Sitts and Sam Brossard both had two hits for the Pups. Gunnar Reiss took the loss, working one inning and giving up four earned runs on five hits with a walk.
The Bullpups will host Rose Hill for an AVCTL Division III showdown on Thursday. Schmidt and Marcus McDaniel are the projected starters on the mound.
First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. at Grant Sports Complex.

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