McPHERSON — The Hays senior Eagles dropped consecutive games to bow out of the McPherson Tournament this weekend.
After a loss to Arkansas City wrapped up a pair of games Saturday, the Eagles dropped Sunday’s finale against the hosts by a 5-3 margin.
McPherson opened the scoring in their opening at-bat, using a two-run homer off the Eagles’ starting pitcher, Ricky Hockett.
Hockett came to bat in the bottom of the first and earned a two-out walk to start a rally that saw the Eagles tie the game after Hockett scored on a passed ball and Dalton Stout brought Marcus Altman in on an RBI single.
After a scoreless second, Jace Armstrong put Hays ahead with a productive fielder’s choice that scored Altman.
Hockett returned to the mound for the fourth frame but exited before recording an out. McPherson owned a 4-3 lead when Ryan Ruder got the ball.
The Eagles failed to score the rest of the way, while McPherson added an insurance run on an RBI double off Ruder in the top of the seventh.
Hays had the tying run in scoring position with one out after Cole Schumacher and Hockett earned walks and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Altman. Two groundouts sandwiched around a walk ended the game without any scoring. Both teams finished with seven hits, but the Eagles committed three errors to McPherson’s zero.
On Saturday, the Eagles dropped their second game of the day, a 7-4 loss to Ark City on Saturday. Hays beat Emporia earlier in the day.
The Eagles used four strong innings of pitching from Dalton Stout to take a 4-0 lead before Ark City struck for six runs in the fifth.
Hays got on the board first when Hockett shot a triple to center field to score Ruder. Altman grounded out in the following at-bat, though Hockett safely made it to home for a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Stout needed help from his defense early to get out of jams. In the first, Brett Herrman and Schumacher executed a double play to erase a walk. Stout walked back-to-back batters in the second with Altman ultimately ending the threat after fielding a hit and gunning down a runner at home.
Stout repaid the favor by drawing a walk and scoring on a Herrman single for a 3-0 lead. Armstrong came home on a ground out by Ruder.
Stout sent the next six Ark City batters down in order.
Stout gave up a pair of singles to start the fifth before being relieved by Hockett. Hockett gave up a walk before Ark City hit a two-run double. Hockett gave up yet another double to put Hays in a 5-4 hole, ending his night. Ark City scored on a ground out off Ruder, though he struck out a pair to end the inning.
The Eagles left the bases loaded in the fifth and stranded another in the sixth.
Ark City added a final run by stealing home, securing the 7-4 victory.
Both teams finished with six hits, Hays adding the same number of walks from the mound.
The Eagles return to action Tuesday at Dodge City before hosting the Wild West Festival tournament, which starts Friday.