McPherson baseball wins first State Championship in school history
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - McPherson baseball has has nearly a week to process winning it’s first state title in school history. The Bullpups said it’s an honor to finally put a championship banner up in the gym.
Head coach Heath Gerstner said, “It just gives me chills to think about. I think seven or eight times we’ve been to the state tournament, never really been close to winning a banner and putting a banner in the roundhouse. "
After falling short in regionals last season, the Pups made it their mission to come back with a vengeance this year.
“There was no way we were doing that this year. So we came to practice every day mentally ready, locked in,” said senior third baseman Aiden Hoover. “Every day before practice we’re there 15 minutes early, taking ground balls, pop flies.”
McPherson hangs it’s hat on it’s pitching and defense. Even though hitting wasn’t always the strong suit, the Bullpups stole over 100 bases this season, a new school record. They said once they made it to the championship game, they never doubted they could win.
Junior pitcher and shortstop, Hunter Alvord said, “I was on the mound and I told Dawson before the game, if I close it, me and you are going to be the first ones to do it. I got the last out and then everyone was right there and just took us down to the ground and the dog pile started.”
“After I caught the final out, it didn’t feel real,” said senior outfielder and pitcher Tytin Goebel. “I just caught it, I was jumping up and down running because I was going to be the last one to the dog pile. "
“You don’t really know what it feels like until it happens to you and it still feels like a dream because we’ve been playing with these guys since we were 10 or 11 years old and we would talk about winning a state championship since we were that little, " reminisced senior middle in/outfielder Jaron Brown.
This team thinks they may have a little extra help from their guardian angel.
Gerstner said, “One thing that’s been near and dear to our hearts is a guy who would have been a junior for us, Kaiden Schroeder. Battled cancer and passed away in 2017. You see the backwards K on our shirts, that’s for Kaiden. We knew he was with us all season. It was pretty special.
Knowing they had Kaiden and the support from the entire McPherson community, the Bullpup baseball team attributes their season success to its support system.
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