MANHATTAN — McPherson’s Senior American Legion baseball team didn’t get off to a good start in the Manhattan Tournament of Champions, but it finished strong.
After losing a run-rule game to Bellevue West on Thursday and then having Friday off to regroup, Post 24 won two of its final three games to complete tourney play 2-2.
“Overall I was pleased with our tournament performance,” McPherson coach Mark Reifschneider said. “We started to shake off some rust and started hitting the ball better than we did in the Thursday opener. Our pitchers also did a nice job throwing strikes both Saturday and Sunday.”
On Saturday, it was all Post 24 in its game with Littleton, Colo., coming away with an 11-3 success.
The team collected 13 hits, with five players coming up with two each — Dylan Werries, Zane Myers, Alex Kalkhorst, Alex Sitts and Gunnar Reiss. Werries and Mikey Saverino laced triples, while Sitts had a double and was the top RBI man with three.
All that offense made it easy for Werries, who was sharp in his six inning as he walked only one and allowed two earned runs.
Post 24 then fell to Next Level 12-5. Hitting leaders were Werries (double, single), Myers (two singles), Kalkhorst (two singles) and Sitts (double, single, two RBIs).
McPherson completed play with an 11-4 success against the CG Orioles, scoring all its runs in two innings with seven in the fourth and four in the seventh.
It was a 14-hit onslaught, with Saverino (three hits, two RBIs), Werries (two hits, three RBIs), Kalkhorst (two hits, two RBIs), Sitts (two hits), Reiss (two hits) and Reifschneider (two hits) all on fire.
Raine Reitsma picked up the win, while Nathan Robl, Jeff Reed and Reiss all worked in relief.
Post 24, now 2-2 overall, makes its home debut on Tuesday with the Salina Falcons coming to town. First pitch is 6 p.m. at Grant Complex
• Vs. Littleton •
McPherson (11) — Werries 3-2-2-2, Saverino 2-1-1-1, Reifschneider 4-1-1-0, Myers 4-1-2-1, Kalkhorst 3-2-2-1, Hanken 2-0-0-0, Wheat 0-1-0-0, Robl 2-1-1-1, Sitts 4-1-2-3, Reiss 3-1-2-1.
• Vs. Next Level •
McPherson (5) — Werries 4-1-2-0, Saverino 3-0-0-0, Reifschneider 4-0-1-1, Myers 4-1-2-0, Kalkhorst 4-1-2-1, Robl 3-0-0-0, Sitts 3-1-2-2, Reiss 3-0-0-0, Reed 2-0-1-0, Reitsma 1-0-0-0, Hanken 1-1-1-0.
• Vs. CG Orioles •
McPherson (11) — Reifschneider 5-1-2-0, Saverino 5-2-3-2, Kalkhorst 4-1-2-2, Sitts 4-1-2-1, Reiss 5-1-2-1, Wheat 0-0-0-0, Reitsma 2-1-0-0, Myers 4-0-0-0, Robl 0-1-0-0, Werries 4-2-2-3, Reed 4-1-1-1.