McPherson High pitchers Jeff Reed and Raine Reitsma were good.
But Andover’s Ben Brown was just a little bit better.
In a terrific pitching battle here Thursday, Brown’s effort enabled the Trojans to come away with a 3-2 victory over the Bullpups in a makeup game at Grant Complex.
The loss was MHS’ third straight after it had opened the season 3-0.
Brown went seven innings and scattered seven hits, while walking only one and fanning six. He helped his own cause with a homer in the fifth, which gave the Trojans a short-lived 2-1 lead.
MHS tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Dylan Werries, scoring Alex Sitts. Sitts also had doubled. Wyatt Seidl drove in Casen Hoover with the other MHS run in the fourth.
Andover scored the winning run in the seventh inning.
“I would be remiss not to tip my hat to their pitcher (Brown), he threw really well,” MHS coach Heath Gerstner said. “The guy threw multiple pitches for strikes. He really came out and did a good job. I thought we were just OK. We walked too many guys and two of their three runs came off leadoff walks.”
Reed went five innings and allowed only four hits. Reitsma took the loss in relief.
Casen Hoover had two hits for MHS.
“I thought we had some great at-bats, but a lot of those were two-out at-bats,” Gerstner said. “We’ve just got to get a little more consistent. We’re getting close.”
MHS won the JV game 16-12, scoring seven runs in the sixth inning.
MHS (2) — Werries 2-0-1-1, Myers 3-0-0-0, Hoover 3-1-2-0, Saverino 2-0-0-0, Seidl 3-0-1-1, Reiss 3-0-0-0, Reed 3-0-1-0, Sitts 3-1-1-0, Reifschneider 3-0-1-0.