Butler County Times Gazette
  • El Dorado gets a win at McPherson

  • El Dorado freshman Cole Roberts took the win for the Wildcats, giving up only two earned runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out seven.
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  • El Dorado became the latest victim Tuesday night of the Bullpup Curse.
    Five times this season, opponents have entered Grant Sports Complex and came away with a game one win in doubleheaders with McPherson High School.
    Five times now, the Bullpups have bounced back to dominate game two. The pattern held true Tuesday, as El Dorado scored seven runs in the sixth inning to pull out a 10-6 win over MHS in game one, ringing up nine hits off Bullpup pitchers Micah McCulley and Caleb Schmidt.
    Alex Ruxlow then held the Wildcats scoreless in game two from the mound, giving up only three hits and walking just two as McPherson won 7-0.
    McPherson, who is 6-10 overall and 5-5 at home, did finally show some sparks in the bottom of the seventh inning, down 10-3. They scored three runs to cut the deficit to four runs, but couldn’t score any more.
    The Wildcats are now 3-11 on the year and 2-6 on the road.
    El Dorado freshman Cole Roberts took the win for the Wildcats, giving up only two earned runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out seven.
    “We were trying to figure him out,” MHS Coach Grant Myers said of Robers. “The kid threw a great game. We asked the kids, ‘Is it in, is it out?’ They said no. He threw a great game. We just couldn’t hit him for some reason.”
    Senior Ethan Nadeau, one of Bullpups honored in between games of the doubleheader Tuesday, had the only multiple hit game for McPherson, as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Caleb Schmidt, Cody Starkel and Casen Hoover all had RBIs for the Pups.
    McCulley took the loss, as he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, off five hits. He struck out 10 and walked five. Caleb Schmidt worked the final inning and two-thirds in relief. El Dorado never got out of the blocks in game two, as Ruxlow, the second of three seniors honored Tuesday, held a one-hitter through the first three innings and finished by giving up only three hits. Ruxlow walked two and struck out nine.
    The Pups rocked Smith, who started on the mound for the Wildcats, for six runs on six hits. Smith walked two and struck out none. Landon Cuskelly worked the final two innings in relief and gave up one run on one hit.

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