GREAT BEND—Last weekend, The McPherson 8U Red Team traveled to Great Bend to compete in the Great Bend Hap Dumont Baseball Tournament. In the four-game tournament, the Red team took home first place in the Silver Bracket.
McPherson was off to an 0-2 start in pool play after losing to the Great Bend Bombers (Black) 15-5, and then the Haysville Cubs 14-5. The Red Team would later bounce back with a win against Cunningham in the semifinals of the Silver Bracket, and then later avenged their loss from game one by beating Great Bend in the finals 16-6.
"We had two really tough games right of the bat and we didn’t get many balls that bounced our way the whole tournament, but these kids didn’t flinch and they just kept fighting," Head Coach Bryan Weiser said. "I am so proud of them and the grit they showed as a team."
Game 1 (pool play): vs Great Bend Bombers (Black) (loss 5-15)
Game 2 (pool play): vs Haysville Cubs (loss 5-14)
Game 3 (Semi-Final of Silver Bracket): vs Cunningham (win 13-2)
Game 4 (Championship of Silver Bracket): vs Great Bend Bombers (Grey) (win 16-6)
McPherson 13 U team dominates CKC Rings of Honor Tournament
The McPherson's 13 U team earned the brass ring during the CKC Rings of Honor Tournament after beating all four teams.
McPherson dominated all four games offensively. In game one, they defeated the Salina Kings 18-3 led by Logan Meier and Blaise Hoover. Both were 3-for-3 at the plate. Jace Schriner started on the mound.
McPherson continued its offensive dominance by blowing out the Manhattan Next Level 19-9 in game two. It was in the fifth inning when McPherson put up 11 runs. Owen Fetsch was 3-for-3 at the plate. Hoover recorded a triple, and Gunner Schumacher collected three runs. Schriner, Schumacher, Meier and Eli Clarke each collected singles in game two.
The momentum continued in game three after beating the Wichita Arsenal 11-4. The hits kept coming by recording 11 led by Clarke, Schumacher and Kyden Thompson. Meier recorded three RBIs, and Schumacher had two.
The 13U team completed their offensive dominance by shutting down the Wichita Royals 21-5.
Meier led McPherson by going 4-for-4 at-bat. Clarke and Fetsch collected four runs. The hitting parade came in the fourth inning when they recorded 13 runs.
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