Bulldogs launch eight home runs in win over Thunder
The McPherson College baseball team picked up a pair of non-conference wins on Tuesday afternoon, of the Manhattan Christian College Thunder. The Bulldogs won game one, 30-0, and then won the second game via a forfeit from the Thunder. Manhattan Christian only had nine players available for the game, and after game one, they didn't have any pitching left.
The Bulldogs sent Tyler Norris to the hill for the start. Norris worked the first five innings, holding the Thunder scoreless, and limiting them to just three hits. Norris had great command of all his pitches, finishing with eight strikeouts and zero walks. Innings six and seven were pitched by Jake Herman and Brett Carter. Both set the Thunder down in order, with Herman recording two strikeouts, and Carter one.
On offense, it was a hit parade for the Bulldogs. Collectively, they scored 30 runs on 26 hits, with 16 of those going for extra bases. They recorded 10 singles, eight doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. Three of those eight roundtrippers were of the grand slam variety. In all, 15 different Bulldogs found their way into the hits column. Eight of those 15 hitters recorded multiple hits, led by Kristopher Perez, who was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and five RBI. He was one of the three Bulldogs to hit a grand slam. Brevin Baessler. Kyle Lux. Jackson Goodmiller, Bo Slaymaker, Hunter Robinson, McCoy Pearce, Lane Fleming and Justin Risdall, joined Perez with a multi-hit game.
The eight home runs hit against the Thunder came off the bats of Lux, Risdall, Perez (2), Pearce, Fleming, Mark Strebin, and Marcos Chacon.
The Bulldogs scored in every inning but the fourth. They scored four in the bottom of the first, beginning when Jakob Shields tripled the scored on a sacrifice fly by Baessler. The next three Bulldog hitters, Lux, Fleming and Perez hit back to back to back home runs to get the scoring started. In the second inning, the Bulldogs blew the game wide open with 14 runs, including the grand slams by Perez and Strebin.
Coach Moses began shuffling his line up heading into the third inning. The Bulldogs were held to just two runs in the third, then shut out for the first time in the game in the fourth. They bounced back with four runs in the fifth, then capped things off with a six spot in the sixth inning, that include Risdall's grand slam.
With the wins, the Bulldogs improve their overall record to 13-8. They are scheduled to be back on the diamond this weekend, in a conference matchup, on the road, against Sterling College. The Bulldogs and Warriors will play a single nine inning game on Friday starting at 3 p.m., then wrap up the series with a double header on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.