Jr. Legion edged in tourney opener

By Steve Sell
June 10, 2016

• McPHERSON UNDER-16 TOURNAMENT •

• FRIDAY’S SCORES •

Buhler 15, Newton 2

Hays 16, Kansas Senators 1

Dodge City 6, SEK Drillers 2

Hutchinson 5, BC Cubs 4

Topeka Scrappers 14, Wichita Aviators 0

Great Bend 7, McPherson 5

• SATURDAY •

10:00 — Kansas Senators vs. Newton; Buhler vs. Hays

Noon — Hays vs. Newton; Buhler vs. Kansas Senators

2:00 — SEK Drillers vs. BC Cubs; Dodge City vs. Hutchinson

4:00 — Hutchinson vs. SEK Drillers; Dodge City vs. BC Cubs

6:00 — Wichita Aviators vs. Great Bend; Topeka Scrappers vs. McPherson

8:00 — McPherson vs. Wichita Aviators; Topeka Scrappers vs. Great Bend

• SUNDAY •

10:00 — Seed 11 vs. Seed 12; Seed 9 vs. Seed 10

Noon — Seed 7 vs. Seed 8; Seed 5 vs. Seed 6

2:00 — Seed 1 vs. Seed 4; Seed 2 vs. Seed 3

4:00 — Bracket Winner 1 vs. Bracket Winner 2

Heath Gerstner realizes it’s going to take some time for the McPherson Junior American Legion baseball team to come together.

With only three players returning from last year’s third-place state finisher, it’s on-the-job training for most of the roster.

Catching the ball proved to be a problem Friday for the Juniors, who lost a 7-5 decision to Great Bend as errors led directly to the loss in its opening game of the McPherson Tournament at Grant Complex.

Great Bend scored five of its seven runs in the third inning, one that could easily have been scoreless as pitcher Zane Myers could not overcome his defense giving away extra outs.

“Plain and simply, we’re not very good right now,” said Gerstner, whose team is 2-3 with two more games to play on Saturday and another on Sunday. “I’m excited to coach my guys and the thing I know is that I won’t allow our guys not to get better as the summer goes along. We’re playing tight, we’re playing like we don’t know each other and we’re not communicating. We’re just learning the game. It’s a young group. You see sparks of what they can do. I thought we hit more balls hard than they did.”

Myers, Trey Hanken and Jorge Hanschu all had two hits, while Shane Starkel had the loudest hit, a triple.

McPherson plays the Wichita Aviators at 6 p.m. Saturday, then the Topeka Scrappers right after that. Sunday’s opponent is dependent on the results of the first two days.


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