After going 2-0 on Friday, the McPherson 16U baseball team went 3-0 Saturday to capture their home invitational. After winning the Hutchinson Showcase last weekend, McPherson is now 13-1 on the summer.

“Just so proud of our guys for finding a way to win the 16U tournament,” head coach Heath Gerstner said. “Some big-time programs attended our tournament and to win it has me excited for the future.”

The Bullpups started the tournament in trouble. Kingman jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning before McPherson responded with six in the second. Despite two runs by Kingman in the final inning, McPherson held on for an 11-10 win.

McPherson’s first game would prove to be its closest of the tournament. The Bullpups concluded Friday with an 11-3 over Winfield.

The Bullpups began Saturday with a hard-earned win over Great Bend, 7-4, thanks to four hits by Jaytin Gumm. McPherson punched its ticket to the championship the following game with a 13-2 win over Hays that only went three-and-a-half innings.

The championship game against the Topeka Scrappers was closer than the 12-3 score would indicate. Although McPherson never trailed, the game remained close until the top of the sixth inning when the Bullpups exploded for eight runs.

Gumm pitched five innings and struck out two for the win, while Dawson Feil earned the save and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate.

“Without question it takes an entire team and everyone has a role to win a tournament,” Gerstner said. “I love coaching these guys and watching them improve each game.”

The Bullpups are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Andover for a double header.


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