The McPherson Pipeliners lost to the Park City Rangers 12-4 at home Monday.
The game ended early as a severe thunderstorm blew into McPherson.
It was a crucial night for Blaine Hanf starter pitcher for the Pipeliners. Hanf gave up five walks, three hits, and eight runs C.J. Cecil took over to end the inning.
“He hasn’t pitched since the second game. He had a little bit of an elbow issue. He had his family here, pitched well for us and did what he’s supposed to do,” Hartman said.
John Marecks, celebrated his 22nd birthday with home run for the Pipeliners. The team scored two more runs after Frank Yackovich’s RBI single.
Clayton Peterson would then hit the Pipeliners’ second home run of the night the next play.
Peterson led the Pipeliners with two hits and tied for one RBI along with his brother Alex Peterson and Frank Yackovich.
“Home runs have always brought out the fans, and it’s always good to keep us in, but I wish we had more runners on,” Hartman said.
Hartman said he wanted to rotate his pitchers more, but he doesn’t want to breach their limit because they four games in five days.
“We’ve got to get some fresh arms. We tried to limit pitch use. We could’ve brought in more pitchers and in some situations earlier, but we want to save some guys with five games this week.”
The Pipeliners, now 3-5, have Tuesday off and will face the rangers again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Light Capital Stadium, 551 S. Fisher St., McPherson.
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