ANDALE—The McPherson High School baseball team began its four-game road trip at Andale High School. Bullpups edged out the Indians in game one, 12-9, but lost in game two, 10-5. After the split, the Bullpups are now 3-6 of the year.
Game One McPherson 12 Andale 9
Just when the Bullpups was in full in control early on, Andale made a comeback to make it a closer game, but the Bullpups' three-runs in the top seventh saved them and gave them the 12-9 win.
Andale had the most hits with 12, while McPherson had seven. Both Gabe Hoover and Collin Pearson led with three RBIs, while Jakob Feil and Chandler Wiard collected two. Feil started on the mound picking up three strikeouts and surrendering six runs and seven hits in 3.1 innings. Dylan Rinker earned a save in the last inning.
After going scoreless in the first inning, the Bullpups had a big inning in the top second after picking up six runs. When the bases were loaded, Gabe Hoovers knocks a fly ball to right field that would send three runners home, earning him an RBI triple. Spencer Whitfield finished it off with an RBI single to give McPherson a 6-0 lead. The Indians were able to dig their way out and was back in the game after picking up four runs.
Bullpups led 9-8 going into the top six. The Indians' pitching failed drastically after giving away five walks. Three of them resulted in unearned runs for the Bullpups after the bases were loaded. Andale couldn't get enough runs to make up for those walks, and Bullpups took game one in the end.
Game Two Andale 10 McPherson 5
Things went sideways in game two as Andale picked up a 10-5 victory. Both teams tied for three hits, but McPherson had the most errors with six.
It didn't take until the top third for the Bullpups to be on the board with two runs courtesy of Feil's two-run single. The game tied 2-2 going into the fifth. That's when Andale took control, collecting three runs in the bottom fifth, and five in the bottom sixth. Just like that, the Bullpups were down 10-2. The Bullpups were able to score three runs at the last minute in the top seventh, but that was as far it goes for McPherson after Andale bounced back in game two. Simon Boese led with two singles and an RBI.
Rinker was the starting pitcher in game two and lasted five innings. On the mound, he gave up three hits, two walks and four runs. He only had one strikeout.
The Bullpups will have the rest of the week off and will be back on the road on Thursday when they take on Augusta High School on Thursday at 4 p.m.