Jr. Legion finishes pool play 0-3

By Steve Sell
June 12, 2016

 McPHERSON UNDER-16 TOURNAMENT •

• At GRANT COMPLEX •

• 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’S SCORES •

Newton 12, Kansas Senators 5

Hays 7, Buhler 3

Hays 11, Newton 1

Buhler 12, Kansas Senators 6

BC Cubs 9, SEK Drillers 0

Hutchinson 14, Dodge City 1

Hutchinson 8, SEK Drillers 7

BC Cubs 6, Dodge City 0

Wichita Aviators 12, Great Bend 4

Topeka Scrappers 17, McPherson 5

Wichita Aviators 9, McPherson 8

Topeka Scrappers 13, Great Bend 3

• SUNDAY •

10:00 —Newton vs. SEK Drillers; McPherson vs. Kansas Senators

Noon — Buhler vs. Wichita Aviators; Dodge City vs. Great Bend

2:00 — Hays vs. BC Cubs; Hutchinson vs. Topeka Scrappers

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

If the McPherson Junior American Legion baseball team didn’t have bad luck, it would have no luck at all.

Post 24 completed pool play in the McPherson U-16 Tournament on Saturday by losing two more games, dropping it to 0-3 for two days.

Bracket play is scheduled for today at Grant Complex.McPHerson plays at 10:00 against the Kansas Senators.

In its first game, Post 24 overcame a 5-0 deficit to finally tie the Topeka Scrappers at 5-all, but the Capital City crew unloaded for 12 runs in the eighth inning for a deceiving 17-5 victory.

Jorge Hanschu continued his hot hitting for Post 24 by going 3 for 3, while Gunnar Reiss collected two hits.

Starter Raine Reitsma pitched six innings and four of the five runs he allowed were unearned, while striking out five.

But in the eighth, the defense wobbled, as four of the 12 runs the bullpen allowed were unearned.

In the last game of the night, McPherson rallied with two runs in the final inning, but it came up short in a 9-8 loss to the Wichita Aviators.

Honestee Whittker was immense with two hits and three RBIs. Chandler Wiard went the distance and only one of the nine runs he allowed were earned.

McPherson coach Heath Gerstner, while disappointed that his team has yet to win, believes Post 24 was in the most difficult of the three pools and that the team showed signs of improving. It takes a 2-5 record into today’s game.

• Vs. Topeka •

McPherson (5) — Reiss 5-0-2-1, Myers 3-0-0-1, Hanschu 3-0-3-0, Hanken 3-0-0-0, Scott 4-1-0-0, Reitsma 1-0-0-0, Potucek 0-1-0-0, Whittker 2-1-1-1, Starkel 1-1-0-1, Muhs 2-1-1-0, Kerr 4-0-0-0, Wiard 4-0-0-0.

• Vs. Wichita •

McPherson (8) — Reiss 3-2-1-0, Myers 3-1-0-0, Hanschu 2-2-1-1, Hanken 1-2-0-0, Scott 4-0-1-1, Whittker 3-0-2-3, Starkel 2-0-0-1, Potucek 3-0-0-0, Muhs 1-1-0-0, Wiard 1-1-0-0.


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