JUNCTION CITY — The McPherson Junior American Legion baseball team played after all on Tuesday.
It was thought the team was not going to play its scheduled game in Buhler. But the summer schedule is sometimes fluid and since the team was scheduled to play tonight in Junction City, it was decided to play a triangular since a big tourney begins on Thursday in Salina.
Post 24 shackled Buhler 4-0, but couldn’t complete the sweep with a 5-4 loss to Junction City.
“We wanted two wins last night, but our goal was really to prepare arms and bats for this weekend’s Salina Wood Bat Tournament,” said McPherson coach Heath Gerstner, whose team is now 13-8-1 on the season.
Dylan Werries and Zane Myers combined to handcuff Salina in the first game. Myers had the hit of the night, a triple.
In the second game, Junction City jumped out with three quick runs. Sam Brossard came on in relief to throw five innings, requiring only 50 pitches. Alex Kalkhorst finished up in his first pitching appearance in three weeks.
McPherson begins play at Salina at 10 a.m. against the hosts, then plays Thursday night against the Midwest Bruins.
“This Salina tournament is loaded and I’m excited to see how our guys will compete,” Gerstner said. “We are looking to build consistency as a team and our defense has been much improved in past couple games.”