The Circle baseball team hosted a tough McPherson team for a doubleheader on Thursday night. After being dominated 17-2 in game one, Circle bounced back to win game two 5-1 and come away with a split.

Game one took just four innings, as the Bullpups led Circle by 15 after four innings, run-ruling the T-Birds in the opener.

Neither team was able to record a hit in the first inning, before McPherson opened up a big lead in the second inning. The Bullpups batted all the way through the order in the second inning, taking a 5-0 lead early in the contest.

Circle started off the bottom of the second inning with two singles by Gage Storm and Gavin Carson. Easton Unruh followed up with a sacrifice fly to score Storm from third. The Bullpups were able to get the final out and strand two Circle baserunners.

McPherson added three more runs in the third inning. All three of McPherson’s runs were unearned due to three Circle errors in the inning.

Circle scored one run in the bottom of the third inning, as Gage Storm doubled to bring Lane Coulter home. Headed to the fourth inning, McPherson led 8-2. The Bullpups opened the inning with the first six batters reaching base, and would go on to score 9 runs in the inning to go up by 15. Spencer Whitfield, Dylan Werries, Gunnar Reiss, and Gabe Hoover all drove in runs for the Bullpups in the fourth inning.

Circle needed just one run to stay alive and send the game to the fifth inning, but McPherson ended all hopes of a comeback, shutting Circle out in the final inning to earn a 17-2 win.

Chandler Wiard pitched the first three innings for the Bullpups, and gave up four hits. Jakob Feil came in to close the game and retired the final three Circle batters.

Spencer Whitfield finished with three hits and three RBI’s for the Bullpups. Dylan Werries added two hits and four RBI’s in game one.

Gage Storm led Circle with two hits and an RBI.

In game two, Circle looked like a completely different team, as they held McPherson scoreless in the first six innings on their way to a 5-1 victory.

Circle’s Easton Unruh held the McPherson offense in check with a solid performance on the mound.

Following the home split, Circle is now 11-5 on the season and will travel to Winfield on Thursday, May 3 to take on the Vikings.