Chad Pinson will be sole owner of the McPherson Pipeliner's franchise taking over the role from Caleb Hartman, the Kansas Collegiate League Baseball announced on Thursday.

Sheldon Howell, league commissioner, said this decision was made unanimously with full support from current owners and umpires affiliated with the KCLB, he said.

"Furthermore, the KCLB would like to apologize for the public defamation of character that Chad Pinson, his family and supporters have been forced to endure in the beginning of this endeavor. The KCLB will show full support for Pinson in the legal proceedings following today. It was the hope from our organization for a peaceful and professional split," he said.

Both Chad Pinson and Caleb Hartman have released public statements.

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