Baseball Bulldogs clinch playoff spot

By Steve Sell
April 29, 2017

LINDSBORG — McPherson College’s baseball team clinched a spot in the KCAC Postseason Tournament with a 20-2 rout of arch-rival Bethany in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader.

With the playoff spot secured, Mac coach Bryan Moses played his reserves in Game 2, resulting in a 14-1 Bethany victory and a split of the doubleheader. The third game of the series is set for Sunday, though heavy rains today may force a postponement.

Mac is now 12-14 in the KCAC and 24-28 overall. It was just 7-19 in the KCAC last year and 20-35 overall.

• Mac 20, Bethany 2 — It was a 24-hit onslaught for the Bulldogs in the opener, with Desmond Grayson and Evan Willow going yard, while Willow and Trevor Haycock added triples. For good measure, Dylan Fontenot and Lane Fleming stroked doubles.

Haycock had four hits and four RBIs, while Willow had three hits and five RBIs. Fontenot and Grayson added three hits apiece. Robert Eakin homered for the Swedes, who were held in check by Soren Yarnall, who went six innings and did not allow an earned run, while walking none and fanning five. Three relievers finished up.

• Bethany 14, Mac 1 — The Swedes took advantage of the Bulldog second-stringers, scoring four runs in each of the first three innings. The Bulldogs were held to two hits.

Max Diaz and Daniel Perez-Blanco went yard for the Swedes, who are now 6-20 in the KCAC and 22-32 as they’ll be sitting at home come playoff time as they’re in last place in the standings.