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Bullpups Overcome Early Deficits to Sweep Augusta


By Grant Barrett, Ad Astra Radio


AUGUSTA, Kan. – The Bullpup Baseball team was able to clinch a share of the AVCTL Div. III title on Tuesday, with a road sweep of the Augusta Orioles.

After yielding two first inning runs, Jaret Myers would settle in to pitch the next four innings scoreless, striking out seven without allowing a walk before Ian Razak closed the door in the final two innings.

Brock Richardson would get the Pups on the board in the second inning with a single to left, scoring Cade Wedel, and Myers would tie the game in the inning on a sacrifice fly.

The Bullpups took the lead in the third as Hunter Alvord’s triple would score Jaytin Gumm, and just two batters later, Dawson Feil’s double would score Alvord, part of a three-run inning. Richardson would collect his second RBI on a single that scored Brock Burgess.

Richardson went 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored for McPherson. Gumm went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the Pups would get the bats going again, tacking on two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to win 9-2. Following the doubleheader, Head Coach Heath Gerstner talked about the bats, and the improvements made at the plate, saying, “In the past our teams are not always offensive teams.” He said “We’ve always kind of prided ourselves on pitching and defense, and this team’s got the ability to hit a little bit. They really work at it, we love to hit, we challenge them a lot in practice, and I thought by far and away we had a ton of barrels.” 

Gerstner mentioned a lot of “loud outs”, as a number of hard hit balls were hit right at Augusta defenders. He added how proud he is of the consistency at the plate at this point in the season.

Game 2 featured some unusual errors for both teams, as rain was a factor throughout the contest. Coach Gerster talked about the weather being a factor, but reflected by saying, “We’ve got to be better defensively than we were tonight on a consistent basis, and I think we will be.” 

Augusta threatened with a run in the first, but in the second, six straight McPherson-batters would reach base safely, as they would take a 5-1 lead on a sacrifice fly from Dawson Feil.

Both teams would alternate runs before eight of the next ten Bullpup-runs would score on either a wild pitch or an error, as the Pups would go on to win 16-6, in six innings. Jaret Myers went 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Bullpups in the game. Teegan Haines scored two runs despite only having two official at bats as he was hit three times. 

Hunter Alvord went 1 for 3 at the plate with three runs scored and two walks. He also picked up the win for the Pups, going four innings, striking out two and allowing two unearned runs.

McPherson moves to 9-3 overall, and will play Oklahoma powerhouse, Carl Albert out of Midwest City, Oklahoma, in their second annual out-of-state contest Friday, at 1 p.m. The triangular concludes with McPherson and Blue Valley Southwest at approximately 5 p.m.