JUNCTION CITY—Strong pitching and solid bats helped the McPherson Summer Bullpups roll past Kingman, 12-6, in game one of their participation at the Junction City Invitational on Friday.

The Bullpups were consistent from the first inning as they scored three runs in each of the first three innings, added one in the fourth and another two in the fifth to roll Kingman and get the 12-6 victory.

Dylan Rinker and Brayden Stout were the two stars of the evening for the Bullpups as Rinker started the game on the mound and pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits, four earned runs and two walks while getting two strikeouts and the complete game win.

Stout led the Bullpups at the plate, going 4-for-4 and scoring two runs, with one hit being a triple. Others helping McPherson pound out a team total of 14 hits were Garrett Farney who had two hits, including a triple while scoring twice. Rinker and Brayden Standord each had two hits as well, with Rinker getting credit for three runs batted in, while Stanford scored twice. Dawson Shetler had a triple and Jakob Feil hit a double, while Kourtney Craig scored three walks in the game and scored each time he reached base.

According to Summer Bullpups Coach Matt McCasland, “We are missing a few players this weekend, so we needed someone to come out and give us a long outing and Dylan (Rinker) did that tonight as he threw a complete game. Now we are set up well for day two tomorrow. Dylan was aided by our offense tonight as we scored in every inning and that gives your pitcher confidence on the mound knowing that our offense is going to help him out.

With the win the Summer Bullpups are now 10-11 for the summer as they get set for a doubleheader in day two of the Junction City Baseball Invitational, playing Rossville at 3:00 p.m. before finishing the day with a 5:00 p.m. matchup against Junction City.

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