Assistant coach Chad Pinson has a motto, which is "When you return something, you return it in better shape than you received it." For the McPherson Pipeliners, not only are they working hard playing baseball, but they are also putting in the work, taking care of their home stadium at Light Capital Stadium.
The Pipeliners treat the stadium like it's their house, keeping it clean and up to part. Those are some of the ways of showing gratitude to Central Christian College for lending them the field for the summer.
"Well number one, they learned that we're fortunate to lease this facility from Central Christian College, and it gives the guys pride on the field that they are playing on," Pinson said. "They also learned that life isn't about playing, life is about hard preparation, and that goes into playing itself. Take care of what they got."
The community has also been giving the Pipeliners a warm McPherson welcome. Not only for attending every home games thus far, but local sponsors has also been involved taking care of the Pipeliners. Tim Cheatham Constructions is one of those sponsors. Cheatham, a baseball guy himself, showed no hesitation in helping out with the team in a way that he can.
"Having good baseball in town is fun to watch," Cheatham said. "It's just nice to have a team back. When you're driving by, you see the buzz of everything, and everyone gets excited. They (Pipeliners) have done a great job marketing it too.
Cheatham, who also owns the 365 Sports Complex Training Facility and baseball academy, has always shown his passion for baseball whenever he is asked to do something involving the sport.
"It's a big part of my life," Cheatham said. It's just neat to see good baseball here in the collegiate level."
Cheatham and his employees were at Light Capital Stadium doing some field work inside and outside the stadium, digging out the dirt and putting new grasses for cars to park. The Pipeliners and the company would work side by side to help upgrade the stadium.
"I want to put a big thanks to Tim Cheatham and the Tim Cheatham Constructions for doing this. Tim and I got to know each other probably about four or five years ago," Pinson said. "We became good friends, and he loves the game of baseball. He told me 'Chad if you need anything, call me,' and we had some issues with the field holding water and a big pile of dirt at centerfield that just didn't look good, I called him and ask him to move some dirt for us and he didn't blink an eye, he just said absolutely.
He just enjoys the game and helping the community, and we're very grateful for Cheatham and all the other sponsors in this town."
The Pipeliners have also received donations from their sponsors. Recently, Brian Hoppes' electronic company has donated a sound system to use for every home games.
"One of guys said 'wow, why do they love us so much?' Just things like that is huge for this community," Pinson said. "It's because they are respectful, and this town loves sports and glad we are here. It's a win-win for everybody."
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