CLEARWATER—It's no question that two former Bullpups Cody Starkel and Marcus McDaniels are the hometown favorites for the McPherson Pipeliners. Despite losing to the Clearwater Outlaws 21-18 on Wednesday, both Starkel and McDaniels were some of the Pipeliners' top hitters that night.
The Pipeliners got into a hitting spree led by McDaniels, who hit a grand slam for the first time in his baseball career. He was still filled with amazed after that the hit when asked about it.
"I don't know, it was low from their end on down pitches, and I swung, and the ball went over the fence," McDaniels said.
Pipeliners head coach Caleb Hartman along with the players in the dugout were thrilled after the grand slam.
"Marcus is doing everything what we brought him to do," Hartman said. "I'm not expecting him to hit like he did, but he has. He just flip the switch and he just seen the ball well. He's poking the ball and making things happen."
"He's hitting the ball well and the community likes to see guys do well. It makes us look good that he can go out doing what he is doing," he continued.
While McDaniels led the Pipeliners with five RBIs after the grand slam, Starkel got a pair of RBIs after recording a double. He also made some key plays defensively at first base to get runners out.
McDaniels, who played at Neosho County Community College for two years, feels great to be back at home to represent his hometown alongside his former high school teammate Starkel, who plays at Fort Hays State University.
"I love it. It something I looked forward to this past year and it's just nice to have all these guys come here and get to cherish what I rep around" McDaniels said.
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