Jr. Legion splits four games at Emporia

By Steve Sell
June 22, 2015

EMPORIA — McPherson’s Junior American Legion baseball team finished the high-quality Emporia Summer Slam in fourth place after splitting four games.

Post 24 lost a 14-11 slugfest to Andover Central in its opener. 

“I thought we came out flat,” McPherson coach Heath Gerstner said. “We didn't start the game with energy like is needed to compete every single pitch. I thought Trey Hanken gave us a great start on the mound, but really continue to work with him to get his first-pitch strike percentage up and really eliminate walks.”

McPherson rebounded with a 3-1 win over the Princeton Rebels as Sam Brossard continued his quality pitching.

“Probably his best start of the summer,” Gerstner said of the tall lefty. “Sam was in control all day, throwing multiple pitches for strikes and had a no-hitter going through four as I recall. We left 12 runners on base and this will be a point of emphasis in future, but anytime you get pitching and defense like that you will be successful.”

Post 24 kept it rolling in its next game with a 12-7 success against St. Joseph of Missouri. 

“Zane Myers was story of the game as he came in to pitch in second inning and really pounded the strike zone and only threw 52 pitches over five innings of work,” Gerstner said. “We had some big bunts for base hits and a nice pinch-hit double to clear the bases by Trey Hanken.”

McPherson lost to Emporia 9-1 in its finale. 

“We were quite frankly were out of pitching and a bit beat up with injuries, but I sure loved our kids fight and desire to compete,” Gerstner said. “We hit a ton of line drives and loved how our kids fought the 100-plus-degree temps with desire and good fight.”

Post 24, now 10-7-1, hosts the Wichita Aviators on Tuesday.