For the second day in a row, the McPherson 18U baseball team split with its opponent.
On Tuesday night at Grant Complex, the Bullpups rebounded from a dismal game one to capture a split with Hutchinson.
In game one, the Bullpups only managed two base runners in four innings. Hutchinson scored four runs in the second and seven in the fourth for an 11-0 mercy-rule win.
Jaytin Gumm walked, while Tucker Pelnar recorded McPherson’s only hit. Hunter Alvord started on the mound, allowing five hits and four earned runs while striking out two.
Pelnar was McPherson’s best pitcher, going 2/3 of an inning and striking out two, but he did walk three batters.
Game two went the full seven innings and the Bullpups were able to generate some offense. The Bullpups scored one in the third, then three in both the fourth and sixth innings to produce all the runs they would need.
Hutchinson scored one in the fifth and two in the seventh, but the McPherson pitching staff was solid in game two.
Three pitchers combined for the win: Brandon Malm went two innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out three. Aiden Hoover struck out five batters and allowed one run, while Jakob Feil allowed two runs on three hits.
On offense, Hoover and Collin Pearson led the team with two RBIs a piece, while Pearson and Jared McCartney led the team with two hits a piece. Pelnar had a team-high two runs scored.
The McPherson 18U baseball team is now 14-8 on the summer.