GREAT BEND — In last week’s zone tournament, the Great Bend Chiefs were disappointed that it wasn’t played to its conclusion.
Since McPherson and Great Bend already had clinched state berths, it was decided to stop the tournament right there to perhaps prevent injuries.
The Chiefs, though, finally got their chance to face Post 24 again, but this time in an elimination game of the Class AAA State Tournament on Friday morning.
Now they wish they hadn’t.
Post 24, which had knocked off Great Bend 14-2 in the first round of the zone, ended the Chiefs’ season this morning with an 11-7 victory.
McPherson now has a long wait as it doesn’t play again until 8:30 tonight against the winner of Newton and Salina, which are playing at the time of this post.
It started rather shakily for McPherson this morning as errors contributed to a 4-0 first-inning deficit. But it righted the ship from there.
Caleb Schmidt started, with Dylan Werries working in relief.
“We had 11 hits and it was all pretty spread out,” McPherson coach Tony Schmidt said.
A player who came up big was Corbin Steinert, who had spent the year with the junior team. Because of first baseman Jacob Loecker being away to attend his brother’s wedding, Steinert stepped in and made some big plays.
Schmidt said Raine Reitsma will get the ball tonight in the elimination game. If McPherson wins, it plays at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the winner to advance to the championship game, set for 12:30.
Ottawa and Chanute play in today’s 5:00 winner’s bracket game, the loser to play 10 a.m. Saturday.