U-16 Legion wins pair

By Steve Sell
June 07, 2015

MANHATTAN — McPherson’s U-16 American Legion baseball team felt right at home on the big stage.

Post 24 went 2-0 in games Friday and Saturday at Kansas State’s Tointon Stadium to improve to 2-1 on the year.

On Friday, McPherson was a 10-9 winner over Manhattan. Sam Brossard was the winning pitcher and was backed by a 15-hit attack.

“I felt Sam Brossard had a great start on the mound for us, however our defense was very suspect at times as we committed an embarrassing six errors,” McPherson coach Heath Gerstner said.

Alex Sitts, who has been out with an injury, is now back and responded with a three-hit game.

Gerstner sees a lot of potential in this team.

“I continue to be excited about this young group as we will fix the small defensive mistakes and if the sticks can stay hot we can be very dangerous,” he said.

McPherson then completed the weekend sweep with a neutral-field 12-7 victory over arch-rival Buhler.

Alex Kalkhorst was the winning pitcher.

“I was really pleased with the start on the mound by Alex Kalkhorst,” Gerstsner said. “He really attacked the zone and has bought into our philosophy in getting first-pitch strikes every time.”

The offense was balanced, though Kalkhorst helped his own cause with a bases-loaded double.

“Coach McCasland  and I have made our focus for the summer to improve our defense as that has to continue to be our bread and butter,” Gerstner said. “We are struggling at making some routine plays at times, but our kids are great and desire to get better every time on the field.”

McPherson stays on the road Wednesday for a 6 p.m. doubleheader against Emporia.