For the life of him, McPherson High baseball coach Grant Myers can’t figure it out.
The Bullpups played their fifth and final home doubleheader here Tuesday, and for the fifth time they lost the first game and won the second.
This split was more disappointing than the others, though. El Dorado had come into the game without a win in AVCTL Division III play while the Bullpups needed a sweep to close D-III play at the .500 mark at 5-5.
El Dorado, coming in just 2-12 overall, scored seven runs in the sixth inning of the first game to key a 10-6 success, but MHS turned to senior stopper Alex Ruxlow in the second game and he delivered a three-hit beauty in 7-0 Bullpup triumph.
“It was a little disappointing that we didn’t do a better job of coming out (in the first game),” said Myers, whose team is 6-10 overall with two road twinbills left to play before regionals. “We’ve just got to figure out a way to start and get it going. There was just a lack of life (in the first game). We kind of got it going at the end, but you’re down 10-3 and it’s a little late.”
In the first game, El Dorado led 3-0 before MHS scratched back to tie it at 3-all by the end of the fourth inning. A couple of errors and some wildness, and finally a three-run homer by Easton Smith, sparked the seven-run Wildcat sixth inning. MHS did score three in the seventh, but it was too late. Myers credited El Dorado pitcher Cole Roberts for throwing a nice game and keeping MHS off balance.
Micah McCulley took the loss.
In the second game, Ruxlow was the man on Senior Night. He fanned nine and had the Wildcats eating out of his hand, not to mention he struck the game’s big blow with a rousing three-run double in the second inning to key a four-run outburst. MHS added two more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.
“That may be the best I’ve seen him throw,” Myers said of Ruxlow. “(Last) Monday night he threw real well considering the conditions, but tonight he threw really well. He changed speeds well.”
In the first game, Ethan Nadeau and Casen Hoover had two hits for the Bullpups. Griffin Myers had three hits in the second game.
The MHS JVs stormed 14-0 and 13-1 wins. Jacob Loecker pitched the shutout in the first game and Jack Reifschneider was dealing in the second game.
MHS plays Friday at Salina South.
MHS (6) — Myers 3-1-0-0, Schmidt 2-0-1-1, Burney 4-1-1-0, Starkel 4-1-1-1, Nadeau 4-1-2-0, Schrag 3-0-0-0, McCulley 2-0-0-0, Reed 2-1-0-0, Hoover 3-1-2-1.
MHS (7) — Myers 4-0-3-1, Schmidt 3-0-0-0, Burney 2-0-0-0, Starkel 3-0-1-0, Nadeau 2-1-0-1, Schrag 3-1-1-0, McCulley 3-1-1-1, Hoover 2-1-0-1, Ruxlow 2-1-1-3, Loecker 0-2-0-0.