The McPherson 18U baseball team hosted a triangular on Friday and went 1-1 on the day.
It was an appropriate welcome to the first day of summer with temperatures well into the 90s. The McPherson offense was on fire in a game-one win over the Wichita Aviators, but dropped a 5-2 ball game to a talented Enid Majors team from Norman, Oklahoma.
In game one, the Aviators pushed across one run in the top of the first, which prompted a nine-run inning response from McPherson. Six different Bullpups drove in a run during the inning.
The Aviators got two runs back in the top of the third, but McPherson answered with a Dylan Rinker three-run double to put the Bullpups up 12-3. McPherson scored one more in the fourth for good measure, and the game was over due to mercy rule.
McPherson featured a balanced offense in game one as Aiden Hoover led the team with two hits. Smoky Valley’s Bruster Bengtson pitched all four innings and struck out three in the win.
The Bullpups faced a step up in competition in game two against the Majors. For four innings the Bullpups were just as good as their opposition, but a three-run fifth inning was the difference in the six-inning game.
Rinker recorded an RBI in the bottom of the first, Ty Miller hit an RBI double in the second, and Jaytin Gumm went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the McPherson offense.
The game was tied at two entering the fifth until the Aviators hit a go-ahead double.
Rinker allowed four runs in four innings. He only allowed three hits, but four walks hurt him. Jakob Feil pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
McPherson is now 7-4 on the summer and is back in action at home on Saturday and Sunday in the Hooper Showcase.