GREAT BEND — The final chapter of the most glorious McPherson American Legion baseball run in Post 24 history was written this morning.
McPherson was eliminated from the Class AAA State Tournament 3-0 by Ottawa, which received a no-hit performance from Trenton Ferguson.
Ottawa used the momentum of that performance to pound Chanute 19-7 in the first championship game this afternoon. Since it was Chanute’s first loss, the teams have to play a second championship game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
For the second year in a row it was Ottawa that ended McPherson’s season as the teams met for the championship last year, with Ottawa winning.
For the core group of this team, it finished first, second and third in the last three years. This year’s team went 3-2 at state to complete a 25-7 season.
Ottawa didn’t exactly light it up at the plate, scoring all three of its runs in the second inning.
Alex Kalkhorst went the first 1 2/3 innings and allowed all three runs before Caleb Schmidt came on the pitched 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball.
McPherson wasn’t totally void of baserunners as Ferguson walked five during his 96-pitch performance. Post 24 struggled with popping the ball up, though Ferguson did strike out seven.
McPherson (0) — McDaniel 2-0-0-0, Werries 2-0-0-0, Hoover 3-0-0-0, Starkel 2-0-0-0, Schmidt 2-0-0-0, Kalkhorst 0-0-0-0, Sitts 2-0-0-0, J. Reed 3-0-0-0, Saverino 1-0-0-0, K. Reed 2-0-0-0.