Jr. Legion charges back to gain split

By Steve Sell
June 17, 2015

McPherson’s Junior American Legion baseball team got right back on the horse here Tuesday night.

After losing its first game 5-4 to Hays at Grant Complex, Post 24 rebounded in a big way for a 9-3 victory and a split.

McPherson is now 8-4-1, 4-1-1 in its last six games.

“I was really happy with the way they came back,” McPherson assistant coach Matt McCasland said. “(The) Energy didn’t take a hit at all. That was the one thing we talked about in our little talk between games was how important it is to bounce back. We know teams we’ve beaten in Game 1 have come back with a lot of energy and just kind of wanted to model that persona.”

Post 24 had numerous chances in Game 1, but could never come through with the clutch hit. No player had a multiple-hit game as the team wasted some decent pitching from Raine Reitsma and Austen Hunt.

McPherson led the second game 3-0 before putting the outcome out of reach with five runs in the fourth, keyed by Jeffrey Reed’s triple.

Big lefty Sam Brossard pitched five strong innings, putting up zeroes until his final frame when Hays scored twice. Gunnar Reiss finished up, allowing a harmless run in the seventh. Brossard also helped his own cause with three hits, while Reed and Hunt had two apiece.

“Arms are a little scarce right now, so it’s important to have guys like Sam go deep in the second game,” McCasland said.”That was really big since we didn’t have a whole lot we could bring in.”

McCasland said the team may have found something on the mound in the first game with Hunt.

“I was really impressed with him,” McCasland said. “He hasn’t thrown in a live game for about two years I think. He came out and was really effective for most of the time, got a little wild at end but he wasn’t missing by much. He threw very well.”

McPherson is scheduled to play at Wichita State’s Eck Stadium tonight against Cache, Okla.