Sr. Legion 4-1 in Topeka tourney

By Steve Sell
June 20, 2016

TOPEKA — The season-opening winning streak for the McPherson Senior American Legion baseball team reached 11 before it lost in the finals of the Washburn Team Showcase event this weekend.

Post 24’s pitching was tremendous in three of the five games as it advanced to the finals, losing a heart-breaking 6-5 decision to the Salina Sliders.

The team is scheduled to play Tuesday in Manhattan.

Here is a summary:

• McPherson 8, ABA Zinger 7 — Post 24 scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win in a wild ebb-and-flow contest. McPherson trailed 6-3 and later 7-6 before winning it. Marcus McDaniel collected three hits and three RBIs, while Jacob Loecker had three hits and two RBIs. Alex Sitts also drove in two runs. Loecker was the winner in relief.

• McPherson 10, ABA Cook 1 — Alex Kalkhorst pitched five strong innings to pick up the win and Loecker finished up. Caleb Schmidt was 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Kalkhorst and Mikey Saverino added two hits and McDaniel drove in two runs. 

• McPherson 9, Akadena 1 — Raine Reitsma delivered a well-pitched game, scattering four hits and the only run he allowed was unearned. Dylan Werries led the way with two hits and Sitts drove in two runs.

• McPherson 5, ABA Cook 1 — Schmidt and Werries combined on a one-hitter, Schmidt working three hitless innings before Werries followed with one-hit ball over four frames. Werries stroked two hits and Loecker drove in two runs.

• Salina Sliders 6, McPherson 5 — Post 24 was three outs away from completing a tourney sweep, but the Sliders scored two runs in the seventh to snatch the victory away. Schmidt had two hits to top McPherson’s offense. Kalkhorst, Schmidt and Loecker all pitched. 

• Vs. ABA Zinger •

McPherson (8) — Schmidt 3-1-1-1, Werries 2-1-0-0, McDaniel 4-3-3-1, Loecker 4-0-3-2, Kalkhorst 1-0-1-1, Eilts 0-0-0-0, Saverino 4-1-1-0, K. Reed 2-1-0-0, Reitsma 2-1-1-0, Wheat 2-0-1-0, Sitts 4-0-2-1.

• Vs. ABA Cook •

McPherson (10) — Schmidt 3-3-3-0, Werries 2-0-0-1, McDaniel 3-2-1-2, Loecker 3-2-1-0, Kalkhorst 2-1-2-0, Saverino 4-0-2-0, Sitts 3-0-0-0, K. Reed 3-1-1-0, Eilts 0-1-0-1, Wheat 3-0-0-1, Reitsma 0-0-0-0.

• Vs. Akadena

McPherson (9) — Schmidt 3-1-1-1, Werries 2-1-2-1, McDaniel 3-1-1-0, Loecker 3-0-1-1, Kalkhorst 2-2-1-0, Saverino 2-2-1-0, K. Reed 3-1-0-1, Reistma 1-0-0-0, Sitts 2-1-1-2, Wheat 0-0-0-0, Eilts 0-0-0-0.

• Vs. ABA Cook •

McPherson (5) — Schmidt 4-0-1-0, Werries 3-2-2-0, McDaniel 2-1-0-0, Loecker 1-0-0-2, Kalkhorst 1-0-1-0, Saverino 2-1-0-0, K. Reed 2-1-1-1, Sitts 3-0-1-0, Eilts 1-0-0-0, Wheat 2-0-1-1.

• Vs. Salina •

McPherson (5) — Schmidt 3-2-2-1, Werries 3-1-0-0, McDaniel 3-0-1-1, Loecker 3-0-1-1, Kalkhorst 2-1-1-0, Saverino 3-0-0-1, K. Reed 3-1-1-0, Sitts 3-0-0-0, Wheat 2-0-0-0.


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