MULVANE — Mulvane’s baseball team probably was wondering what it had to do to score a run on Monday against McPherson High.
Bullpup pitchers Alex Kalkhorst and Micah McCulley bedazzled the Wildcats, who were still looking for their first run of the day by the time the teams walked off the field.
MHS won the first game 9-0, then captured a 10-0 decision in a game shortened to five innings due to the run rule.
The Bullpups, last year’s Class 4A Division I state-runner-up, have come out of the gates blazing with a 4-0 record, but face a tough road test on Thursday at Rose Hill, which was a state tournament team last year as well.
Kalkhorst worked six innings of two-hit baseball in the opener, with Dylan Werries finishing up the final frame. McCulley fired a two-hitter as well in the nightcap, not walking a batter and whiffing eight in an overpowering performance.
“Both pitchers threw really well,” a pleased MHS coach Heath Gerstner said. “Both were efficient and had multiple pitches working. When that happens, we will be pretty tough to beat.”
While McCulley is coming off a year in which he was the team’s top winner with seven victories, it was the first career varsity start for Kalkhorst.
“He really attacked the hitters and let his defense work behind him,” Gerstner said.
Offensively, McCulley had a huge first game with two doubles, good for five RBIs. Casen Hoover also had two hits and two RBIs.
McCulley was monstrous as well in the second game with a triple and two doubles, good for two RBIs. Hoover had a double and single, driving in three runs. Marcus McDaniel was 2 for 2 with three runs scored and Mikey Saverino drove in a pair.
MHS’ JVs also came away with a sweep, winning 11-7 and 15-2.
Wyatt Seidl crashed a homer in the first game and drove in three runs, while Trey Hanken batted in five with a pair of hits. He also picked up the win on the mound.
Zane Myers and Tyler Scott had two hits apiece in Game 2’s rout. Seidl, Alex Sitts, Shane Starkel and Garrett Farney all drove in two runs. Chandler Wiard was the winner.
• Game 1 •
MHS (9) — McDaniel 4-1-1-0, Schmidt 1-1-0-1, Hoover 4-2-2-2, Loecker 3-2-1-0, Werries 2-0-0-0, Eilts 0-1-0-0, McCulley 3-1-2-5, Saverino 3-0-1-1, Kalkhorst 2-1-0-0, Reifschneider 3-0-0-0.
• Game 2 •
MHS (10) — McDaniel 2-3-2-0, Werries 1-1-0-0, Hoover 2-1-2-3, Loecker 3-0-0-0, Schmidt 1-2-0-0, McCulley 3-3-3-2, Saverino 3-0-1-2, Kalkhorst 3-0-0-1, Reed 3-0-0-0.