McPherson’s Junior American Legion baseball team waited too long to get started Wednesday night in its season opener against Nickerson at Grant Complex.
Post 24 didn’t score until its final at-bat in the single nine-inning game, dropping a 3-1 decision.
Alex Kalkhorst’s double drove in Sam Brossard for the lone McPherson run.
“That’s a good team we played. They’ve probably got a little more experience than we do,” McPherson coach Heath Gerstner said.
Post 24 wasted some nice pitching from a five-man rotation as Gerstner wanted to give his staff a look. Brossard started, and was followed by Zane Myers, Dylan Werries, Gunnar Reiss and Raine Reitsma.
“Most of these kids haven’t practiced for over a month,” Gerstner said. “We just wanted to get them out here playing tonight. I’m excited about this group. I think we’ve got some pitching depth. We just threw everybody two innings and we threw a lot of strikes.”
The lack of batting practice was apparent, Gerstner said.
“They haven’t seen live pitching in a while,” he said. “They struggled, but as the game progressed they got a little bit better swings. I just wanted to get everyone a look at some live pitching.”
McPherson goes on the road Friday to play Manhattan, with the game at Kansas State’s Tointon Family Stadium. Post 24 will play in Manhattan again on Saturday, with Buhler the opponent.
“Our kids are excited about that,” Gerstner said. “Hopefully we can win two games.”
Friday’s game has a 7 p.m. start, with Saturday’s game set for 3:15 p.m.