EL DORADO — El Dorado’s McDonald Stadium has never been very kind to McPherson High’s baseball team.
But all that changed on Thursday.
The Bullpups went into the house of horrors and put together two solid games to win both ends of a doubleheader from the Wildcats, 4-0 and 7-4.
“First and foremost, excited about the sweep over El Dorado,” said MHS coach Heath Gerstner, whose team is now 11-4 on the season. “For whatever reason when we travel to El Dorado we simply have not played well the past few years, but our guys’ ability to just sort of grind out two wins is promising."
The sweep gave MHS an 8-0 league record, good for no worse than a share of the league title. Augusta is second, but lost twice to MHS. The Bullpups need to win one of two against Buhler at home next week or for the Orioles to suffer a loss to take the championship outright.
“We have secured at least a piece of the league title,” Gerstner said. “I never set out to win league titles, but with Augusta and Buhler both in our league (state ranked teams) it is saying something.”
Dylan Werries was nails in Game 1 as he unfurled five scoreless innings, with Trey Hanken going the final two. They combined for five strikeouts and received offensive backing from Casen Hoover, whose three-run double in the third inning was the big blow. Gunnar Reiss added two hits.
“Dylan Werries did an excellent job on the mound in Game 1 and really kept them off balance,” Gerstner said. “Casen Hoover had a huge two-out hit to get us on the board and most importantly allow Dylan to pitch with the lead. Trey Hanken did an awesome job coming in and slamming the door to secure the win."
In the second game, MHS led only 3-2 when it scored three times in the fifth and another run in the sixth. Winning pitcher Jack Reifschneider helped his own cause with two hits and Alex Sitts also had two. Reifschneider went the first four innings on the hill before Raine Reitsma pitched two and Reiss finished up.
“Jack Reifschneider started on the mound and really threw well and let our defense work,” Gerstner said. “I thought our at-bats slowly improved through the night, but a few defensive miscues in Game 2 kind of allowed El Dorado to stay in the game. One exciting play in Game 2 was Jack Reifschneider stealing home to kind of open the game up after a pitching change."
The MHS JVs split their games, losing Game 1 7-3, but coming back to gain the split with a 14-6 success.
MHS managed only two hits in the opener, one by Will Powers and the other by Kaleb Hoppes, who had two RBIs. Spencer Whitfield had two hits and three RBIs in Game 2, while Kourtney Craig drove in four runs.
MHS goes to Wellington on Monday for a triangular. Goddard is the other team.
• Varsity Boxes •
• Game 1 •
MHS (4) — Werries 3-1-1-0, Saverino 3-0-1-0, C. Hoover 3-0-1-3, Hanken 2-0-0-0, Reifschneider 1-1-0-0, Seidl 1-0-0-0, Myers 3-0-0-0, Sitts 2-0-1-0, Reed 3-0-0-0, Reiss 2-1-2-0, G. Hoover 3-1-1-0, Wiard 0-0-0-0, Wheat 0-0-0-0.
• Game 2 •
MHS (7) — Werries 3-3-1-0, Saverino 3-1-1-1, C. Hoover 3-1-1-1, Reifschneider 3-1-2-0, Myers 2-1-0-0, Reitsma 1-0-0-0, Reiss 2-0-0-0, Witts 3-0-2-0, Seidl 3-0-0-1, G. Hoover 3-0-0-0, Wiard 0-0-0-0.