LEAVENWORTH — The Missouri Class A American Legion baseball champions handed McPherson a 5-2 setback Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Mid States Regional Tournament.
McPherson coach Tony Schmidt said Post 24 played an excellent game, with the only difference being Missouri came up with the clutch hits with runners in scoring position.
Cody Starkel, Micah McCulley and Christian Ozores all stroked doubles for McPherson. Marcus McDaniel took the loss, and Jack Reifschneider worked in relief, hurling 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
McPherson, now 29-8, is scheduled to play again tonight at 9:30 in the loser’s bracket.
Mac (2) — Starkel 3-1-1-0, Schmidt 2-0-0-0, McDaniel 3-0-1-1, Burney 3-0-1-0, Hoover 3-0-0-0, Loecker 3-0-1-0, Ozores 2-0-1-0, McCulley 2-1-1-0, Reifschneider 3-0-1-1.