It was a rough evening for the McPherson High School baseball team on Thursday, not because of the cold and gusty weather, but because they struggled against Winfield High School in their league series opener. The Vikings swept the Bullpups 3-0 in game one and 7-4 in game two. McPherson now drops to 1-3 of the season after the losses.
Game 1 Winfield 3 McPherson 0
The Bullpups were shut out for the second game in a row against Winfield. The Vikings had an early two-run lead in the top of the first and added one more in the top of the six. McPherson did beat Winfield in the hitting category at 4-3 and kept them scoreless in five straight innings after giving up two, but no runs to show for it. Errors were also costly for the Bullpups. McPherson gave away four errors. One resulted to an unearned run during the first inning.
Chandler Wiard started on the mound for the Bullpups. He gave up five walks, one hit, and two runs. He also pitched three strikeouts in three innings. Gabe Hoover led the Bullpups with two hits. Honestee Whittker and Spencer Whitfield tied for one hit each.
Game 2 Winfield 7 McPherson 4
In game two, errors continued to be a problem for the Bullpups. There were 13 errors recorded during the game, and McPherson had seven of them in a 7-4 loss to the Vikings.
The Bullpups were able to break the shut out streak by picking up two early runs in the bottom of the first after being down 1-0. The Bullpups also added two more runs in the second inning off of the Vikings' error and Hoover's sacrifice-fly, giving them a 4-2 lead. It would end there for the Bullpups as they couldn't find any runs for the rest the game.
Winfield came up big in both the third and fourth inning when they picked up five runs, four of which came in the fourth inning.
Despite being down three runs, the Bullpups found a way to load up the bases in the bottom of the seventh with the chances of tying the game and extending the inning or go for the win. None of that happened because Winfield was able to strikeout the Bullpups three times to end the ballgame.
Jakob Feil led the Bullpups with two hits, and both Dylan Rinker and Hoover each picked up an RBI in the Bullpups' losing effort.
Rinker Started on the mound and recorded four strikeouts, but gave up seven runs, four hits, and two walks in four innings. Feil closed out the rest of the three innings, where he picked three strikeouts on the mound.
McPherson will have their first road game on Tuesday as they will travel to Salina to compete in a triangular series against Salina Central and Topeka West High School beginning at 3 p.m. at Dean Evans Stadium.
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