SALINA — McPherson’s Junior American Legion baseball team, which won its opening-round game of the Class A State Tournament 9-2 earlier this afternoon at Dean Evans Stadium, now knows who it will be playing at 6 p.m. in the winner’s bracket semifinals on Wednesday.
Paola rallied with four runs in the fifth inning to hand Chanute an 8-5 setback in the second semifinal game on Tuesday. Two evening games are still to be played.
Paola led 4-0 early, but Chanute later took a 5-4 lead with four runs in the fourth. Back came Paola with four in the fifth.
Dalton Rankin threw three perfect innings of relief for Paola, striking out four. Trevor Boehm drove in three runs.
Chanute plays Doniphan County at 10 a.m. Wednesday in an elimination game.