The McPherson Pipeliners took care of business Thursday night as they defeated the Kansas Cannons 14-7, putting them back to a winning record at 5-5 after two straight wins.
The Cannons got into a fast start after scoring two runs in first two innings. ThePipeliners tied the ballgame in the bottom of the second led by John Mareks solo home run, his second homer of the year, and Troy Carrigan's RBI single, sending a runner home.
The Bottom of the third is when the Pipeliners turned it up a notch after scoring seven runs to give the Pipeliners a 9-2 lead. Two of the runs came from Alex Peterson's RBI single that sent two runners home. Peterson also stole home base after a wild pitch, and Frank Yackovich followed it up with a three-run homer to close the inning.
"We haven't slowed down. We've been hitting the ball since day one. I knew these guys are going to do that," head coach Caleb Hartman said. " Hitting from day one has been great, and it just stayed there. We're doing what we suppose to do to win ball games."
Austin Warfel started on the mound at pitcher. He finished the night with six strikeouts, four walks, giving up two hits and two runs. Five Pipeliners tied for two hits. Yackovich led McPherson with three RBIs.
The Cannons were down but not out as they scored three more runs to keep the game close while Britt Brown took over on the mound as the reliever in the bottom of the seven. Pipeliners' committing five errors also played a role in keeping the Cannons in the game. However, it wasn't enough to regain the lead in the end. Tyler Kinser, McPherson's closer, put away the Cannons with five strikeouts and only giving up one hit.
"I thought we did well," Hartman said. Our hitting and pitching were very well. I thought the score was a lot closer than the game itself. Errors kept the Cannons in it, and they are a good team. We have to capitalize on our errors."
With little time to rest, the Pipeliners are back on the field at home as they get another crack at the Clearwater Outlaws. The last time the two meet, the game ended in a shootout with the Outlaws winning 21-18 at Clearwater. Hartman does not want to experience that moment again.
"Clearwater is a great hitting team," Hartman said. " They are a fastball hitting team. So we have to work on our off-speed as long as we keep hitting like we are doing and play better on defense than we did tonight, I don't see we can't go out there and put 15 on them and get out of there in seven innings."
Eben Brooks will be the starting pitcher for McPherson. First pitch will be at 7 p.m. at the Light Capital Stadium.
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