Everything is right on schedule for the McPherson Senior American Legion baseball team.
Post 24 dispatched with Bonner Springs 11-4 Friday afternoon to improve to 2-0 in the fourth annual Hooper Showcase at Grant Complex, its only game of the day.
It also was the team’s 13th win in 14 games, with a tough final pool game coming up on Saturday against Paola, with first pitch sometime around the 4 p.m. mark at Grant Complex.
Raine Reitsma picked up the win, with final-inning help from Marcus McDaniel. Alex Kalkhorst was the big hitter, including a bases-clearing double.
“He pitched well,” McPherson coach Tony Schmidt said of Reitsma. “He had kind of a high pitch count, but did a good job.”
Kalkhorst has been on fire as he came into the game with 14 hits in 18 at-bats.
“He’s really hitting the ball well,” Schmidt said. “I’m happy we won. We got everyone into the game. We’re in a good spot.”
Schmidt said Paola would be a tough test, especially with three starters not available due to football team camp in Kansas City.
Sunday’s starting times will be determined after Saturday’s games.
• THURSDAY’S SCORES •
Great Bend 9, Marion 1
Newton 6, Junction City 4
McPherson 9, BC Cubs 2
Salina 9, Buhler 6
• FRIDAY'S SCORES •
Emporia 8, Arkansas City 5
Larned 14, Buhler 0
McPherson 11, Bonner Springs 4
Hays 10, Wabaunsee 2
Paola 11, BC Cubs 2
Mo-Kan Giants 5, Larned 2
• SATURDAY''S GAMES •
10:00 — Emporia vs. Hays; Bonner Springs vs. Paola; Newton vs. Marion (Light Cap)
Noon — Wabaunsee vs. Arkansas City (Light Cap); Mo-Kan Giants vs. Buhler; Larned vs. Salina
2:00 — BC Cubs vs. Bonner Springs; Great Bend vs. Newton; Junction City vs. Marion (Light Cap)
4:00 — Paola vs. McPherson; Hays vs. Arkansas City; Mo-Kan Giants vs. Salina
6:00 — Junction City vs. Great Bend; Wabaunsee vs. Emporia
• Note — Sunday’s bracket play starts at 10 a.m. at Grant Complex and Light Cap.