After much success over the weekend, the McPherson Summer Bullpups were unable to gain another win on Tuesday at the home field of Grant Complex as the Wichita Aviators capitalized on some faulty Bullpup defense to head back to Wichita with a 9-7 victory.
Despite a reasonable pitching effort by three Summer Bullpup staff members, four errors by the defense proved to be fatal on the scoreboard. The Aviators took a 4-0 lead at the top of the third, then in the top of the seventh after the McPherson defense made back to back errors to start off the inning, Wichita capitalized by pouring across four more runs with a grand slam home run. The Bullpups put one run on the board in the fourth, added three in the seventh and another three in the final bats of the ninth inning, but fell short by two runs in the 9-7 loss.
Devin Feil led the Bullpups offense with three hits, including a double, while knocking across three runs and scoring two as well. Kourtney Craig and Chandler Wiard each had two hits, with one of Wiards being a double, while Craig scored two runs. After running wild on the bases last Saturday, McPherson only managed two stolen bases Tuesday, both by the feet of Garrett Farney. While the Bullpups matched the Aviators with 10 hits, McPherson left 10 runners stranded on the bases for the game.
Shane Starkel took the loss after starting the game on the mound for the Summer Bullpups, going three innings and giving up four hits, four runs, three walks plus striking out three. Farney came on to pitch four innings, also giving up four hits and four runs, though only two were earned, while getting one strikeout. Dylan Rinker finished out the final two innings and gave up a pair of hits and one run.
According to the post-game coach reflections by Bullpups Head Coach Matt McCasland, “Overall it was a very competitive game. The grand slam in the seventh sunk us in the end after we committed those back to back errors to start off the inning. Anytime you start an inning like that, it is going to end badly. Our pitchers were efficient on the mound and despite falling behind we never stopped competing. They were able to capitalize on their chances and turned them into big innings. We had a bases loaded opportunity early in the game, but couldn’t capitalize and only scored one run.”
The loss drops the Summer Bullpups to 11-13 for the season as they now have a week off to prep for the final two games of the summer regular season, both against Buhler. McPherson will host Buhler next Tuesday, July 17 for a 7:00 p.m. game at Grant Complex, before closing out the season on Wednesday, July 18, with another Buhler matchup, this time beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Buhler.
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