WELLINGTON — At this point in the year, McPherson High baseball coach Heath Gerstner says you can’t look past anybody.
The Bullpups may have done that in Game 1 of a triangular on Monday as they lost a 6-5 verdict to Wellington before refocusing against Goddard for a rousing 12-2 victory to gain a split of the day.
The halve leaves the Bullpups at 12-5 on the season with a suspended game at home against Salina South to complete on Wednesday, then Buhler comes to town on Thursday for what could be a preview of the regional championship.
MHS started well enough against Wellington, up 5-2, but leaked oil defensively in the fifth inning to give the Crusaders four unearned runs.
“Little disappointed in dropping the game to Wellington as we really had our chances and Buhler opened the door to give us a No. 1 seed by dropping one to Rose Hill,” Gerstner said. "We knew going in that we would likely see Wellington's best and I thought we saw a fairly decent lefty on the mound, but we were not locked in from the start and gave away a few at-bats."
Zane Myers’ bases-clearing double was the big blow for the Bullpups, while Tyler Wheat and Casen Hoover added two hits. Raine Reitsma threw well before Jack Reifschneider came on and took the loss.
“I thought Raine pitched well enough for us to win, but six errors is impossible to overcome in any competitive game,” Gerstner said.
The Bullpups pounced on Goddard for a 16-hit onslaught, highlighted by a five-run fifth inning that ended the game by the run rule.
Wyatt Seidl was on fire by going 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Hoover, Dylan Werries and Reifschneider all added two hits. Alex Sitts had a two-run triple.
Trey Hanken went the first four innings with Chandler Wiard finishing up.
“The thing I love about this team is its ability to just respond,” Gerstner said. “I really do not think they realize how good they could be as when we are locked in we can play with anyone. Goddard gave us quite a few runs and glad our guys took advantage. Alex Sitts had a big triple with bases loaded to open it up. Trey Hanken did a good job of battling on the mound, but possibly the most impressive inning on the mound came with Chandler Wiard in top of the fifth throwing a seven-pitch inning."
In JV action, the Bullpups were edged 3-2 by Wellington. Kaleb Hoppes had a triple for MHS and Honestee Whittker added a double. Jakob Feil took the loss.
Goddard then edged the Bullpups 13-12, scoring two runs in the final inning to pull out the win.
Feil, Hoppes, Will Powers, Shane Starkel and Kourtney Craig all had two hits, with Starkel driving in three runs.
• Game 1 •
MHS (5) — Werries 4-1-1-0, Saverino 4-1-1-0, C. Hoover 3-1-2-0, Reifschneider 3-1-1-0, Myers 3-0-1-3, Sitts 3-1-0-0, Reed 3-0-0-0, Wheat 3-0-2-1, Reiss 3-0-0-0.
• Game 2 •
MHS (12) — Werries 4-2-2-0, Saverino 3-1-1-0, C. Hoover 3-3-2-2, Myers 3-1-1-0, Reifschneider 3-1-2-1, Hanken 1-0-1-1, Wiard 1-2-1-1, Sitts 2-1-1-2, Seidl 4-0-4-3, G. Hoover 3-1-1-0.