NEWTON — It was a positive weekend for McPherson’s Junior American Legion baseball team in the Newton Tournament.
Post 24 won its first three games and was tied at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning of Sunday’s second game when rain halted the proceedings.
“We had a good weekend,” McPherson assistant coach Matt McCasland said. “I was a little worried about our pitching since we were playing eight games in five days. But ending the first game (against) Pratt in three innings helped and then Sam (Brossard) pitched the second game. It was nice to see the bats come alive.”
McPherson opened with a 22-0 rout of Pratt as Raine Reitsma allowed one hit in the three innings and fanned seven. Alex Sitts was 2 for 2 with a triple and four RBIs, while Dylan Werries was 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Brossard was nails in a 6-2 win over Newton, giving up three hits and fanning eight. He also was 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
McPherson then started Sunday with a 15-5 rout of a good Augusta team. Trey Hanken was the winner, with Zane Myers finishing up with three scoreless innings of relief. There were hitters galore, including Alex Kalkhorst (3 for 5, two doubles, two RBIs, two runs), Jeff Reed (3 for 6, two runs), Sitts (two hits, three runs) and Reitsma (two hits, two RBIs).
The finale against Emporia was tied when the rains came as Werries was pitching a solid game.
McPherson is now 7-3-1 and scheduled to host Hays at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but field conditions may not allow the game to be played.