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Alvord goes Deep Twice in 14-5 Win over Crusaders


By Grant Barrett, Ad Astra Radio


McPHERSON, Kan. – After falling to the Buhler Crusaders to open the season, the McPherson High Baseball team left no doubt in Game 2 of the home and home series on Thursday, defeating the Crusaders 14-5.

After Hunter Alvord would go 1-2-3 on the mound in the top of the first, he stepped up to the plate after a leadoff walk by Jaytin Gumm. Alvord found himself in a hitters count before sending a moon-shot to left field giving the Pups a 2-0 lead. 

Four runs would cross the plate in the first, as nine batters came to the plate. In the top of the second, the Crusaders would answer with a two-run home run of their own.

In the bottom of the second, Gumm would again draw the leadoff walk before Alvord launched his second home run of the day, and his third of the season, giving McPherson a 6-2 lead.

“We just came out on a roll to start,” said MHS Head Coach Heath Gerstner who thought his team could have scored six or seven runs in the first inning. He added, “Our guys were pretty excited to get back and play Buhler tonight.”

The Bullpups would score in every inning, tacking on three in the bottom of the third, and two in the fourth to lead 11-2. Alvord would complete four innings of work, striking out five while allowing just one walk.

“I thought he threw pretty well. With us having that long first inning, he got cold, and going out in the second inning he didn’t feel quite right, but I’m glad he was able to warm up and feel okay and finish it up.”

In the fifth, Buhler would load the bases before a shallow pop up would land down the right-field line, as three would cross the plate in the inning. The Pups lead 11-5 but were dominant from start to finish, adding three runs in their last two plate appearances to go on to win 14-5.

Following the win, Gerstner stated, “I thought offensively we were pretty dangerous, I thought we competed at the plate pretty well, and it’s always good to see runs scored in every inning of the game.” 

In conclusion he looked ahead at the schedule and said, “We’re going to enjoy Easter Weekend, give our guys three days rest, and get healthy and let our legs get back underneath us and we’ll challenge them pretty good Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and we’re always excited to host a league opponent.”

Gerstner mentioned that Winfield has struggled in the past, but he said, “I know everytime it seems like we play them, they’re a little bit better, so we’ll need to be locked in next Thursday.”

McPherson moves to 4-2 on the season, and they will return to action Thursday for a league double header against the Winfield Vikings. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.


D. Feil 2-4, R
J. Myers 0-3, BB
B. Burgess 0-1, R
O. Fetsch 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2R
G. Richardson 0-1, 3BB
H. Alvord 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBIs
B. Richardson 1-4 RBIs
H. Backhus 0-0, RBI
J. Gumm 2-4 BB, 3R
T. Haines 2-3, RBI
C. Wedel 0-3

H. Alvord 4 IP 3H 2R 2 ER 1BB 5K
O. Fetsch .1 IP 0H 3R 3ER 3BB 1K
J. Myers 2.2 IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 4K