In its final tune-up before the Kansas Grand Slam Tournament later this week in Salina, McPherson's Junior American Legion was defeated in a pair of games here Tuesday by Buhler.
The Junior Nationals were an 11-5 winner in Game 1, paced by a 15-hit attack. It was just a 3-2 game until Buhler scored three times in the fourth and scored in each successive inning.
Zane Myers had a good game at the plate by going 2 for 4 and driving in two runs. Wyatt Seidl added two hits and an RBI.
In the nightcap, it was a 0-0 game until the fourth when the Nationals exploded for five runs and later led 7-0 before a McPherson flurry pulled it within 7-4. Post 24 was limited to four hits, all singles.
“After a week off, we were very pleased with our pitching,” said McPherson assistant coach Matt McCasland, who was filling in for head coach Heath Gerstner, who was missing due to the birth of his first child. “Trey Hanken, Chandler Wiard and Zane Myers threw a lot of strikes in Game 1. In Game 2, we had an outstanding start by Corbin Steinert. He threw only 31 pitches in three innings, but we needed some run support for him.”
Gerstner, meanwhile, said the team shows signs of getting better despite its 3-15 record. “I really enjoy working with this group to get 1 percent better every day and they are some great kids,” he said.
• Game 1 •
McPherson (5) — Reiss 4-2-1-0, Scott 2-0-0-0, Hanschu 1-0-0-0, Seidl 3-1-2-1, Myers 4-1-2-2, Hanken 3-1-0-1, Muhs 1-0-1-0, Whittker 1-0-1-0, Starkel 2-0-1-1, Potucek 1-0-0-1, Wiard 3-0-0-0, Steinert 2-0-0-0.
• Game 2 •
McPherson (5) — Reiss 3-1-0-0, Scott 3-0-0-0, Seidl 2-0-1-0, Potucek 2-1-0-0, Myers 3-0-1-0, Hanken 2-1-1-0, Muhs 1-0-0-0, Whittker 1-1-0-0, Steinert 3-0-1-0, Starkel 3-1-0-1, Wiard 3-0-0-0.