Jr. Legion goes 2-2 at Emporia

By Steve Sell
July 03, 2017

EMPORIA — McPherson’s Junior American Legion baseball team finished play in the Emporia Summer Slam Tournament with a 2-2 record.

“Overall I’m pleased with a good weekend of baseball,” said McPherson coach Heath Gerstner, whose team is now 15-7 on the year. “We went 2-2 overall and could have quite possibly went 4 or 5-0. I don't think we ever played our best baseball over the weekend, but proud of our guys for just continuing to work to get better."

A summary:

• McPherson 10, Andover 0 — Post 24 erupted for seven runs in the third inning to key the easy win. Devin Feil had a big game by knocking in three runs. Honestee Whittker added two RBIs. Zane Myers picked up the win, with Brayden Stout finishing up.

• Kansas Senators 5, McPherson 4 — Post 24 appeared to be on its way to a 2-0 start, but the Senators had a stunning seventh inning with three runs. Whittker had two hits to lead the way. Gunnar Reiss pitched well in defeat.

• McPherson 10, Ottawa 1 — This was one of the most impressive wins of the year as Ottawa is top-notch. Seven runs in the fourth blew it open. Jakob Feil allowed just one hit in four innings and Stout closed it out. Reiss and Kaleb Hoppes had two hits apiece.

• Emporia 6, McPherson 4 — Post 24 gave up four runs in the first and after pulling within 4-3, it saw Emporia score twice in the sixth to take command. Devin Feil had two RBIs to lead McPherson. Chandler Wiard took the loss despite fanning six.

“To give up a 4-spot in the first inning is tough,” Gerstner said. “I was really pleased with Chandler Wiard and his competitive nature to keep battling and get back into his groove a bit.  He threw up a couple zeroes and then we got bats rolling a bit and cut it to 4-3, but really couldn't string enough together to get over the hump."

Post 24 is home on Thursday to take on Augusta.

• Vs. Andover •

McPherson (10) — J. Feil 1-2-1-1, Reiss 2-2-0-1, Myers 2-0-0-0, Stanford 0-0-0-0, D. Feil 3-1-2-3, Whittker 3-1-1-2, Hoover 3-1-1-0, Starkel 2-2-1-0, Craig 2-1-1-1, Wiard 1-0-1-1.

• Vs. Kansas Senators •

McPherson (4) — J. Feil 3-1-1-0, Reiss 4-0-0-0, Myers 4-0-1-0, D. Feil 2-0-1-1, Starkel 3-0-1-0, Hoover 3-1-0-0, Whittker 3-1-2-0, Stout 2-0-0-1, Wiard 3-1-1-0.

• Vs. Ottawa •

McPherson (10) — J. Feil 3-1-1-0, Reiss 4-1-2-0, D. Feil 4-1-1-1, Myers 2-2-1-1, Starkel 2-1-0-0, Whittker 2-1-1-1, Hoover 2-2-1-1, Shetler 0-0-0-0, Wiard 2-0-0-0, Stanford 0-0-0-0.

• Vs. Emporia •

McPherson (4) — J. Feil 3-1-1-1, Myers 4-1-1-1, D. Feil 3-0-1-2, Starkel 2-0-1-0, Whittker 3-0-1-0, Hoppes 3-0-0-0, Hoover 3-0-0-0, Craig 3-1-1-0, Wiard 2-1-0-0.