Eben Brooks was a man of mystery on Saturday when he made his first start on the mound in the McPherson Pipeliners' 10-5 win over the Kansas Cannons after being signed last week.
"When you play hard and work hard things like that happen, he was a big pick up for us," head coach Caleb Hartman said.
Before his signing, he was coaching for the Inman Crushers on the side. It has been a month in a half since he threw a baseball, but once he got the phone call, Brooks didn't hesitate to say yes when there was a roster spot available for the Illinois native.
"It was tough coming back after a month in a half of not throwing, and try to compete with these guys. That's a great team over there," Brooks said. "When I heard there was an opportunity and they wanted me, I jumped right on it.
He may have been a biology major, but when it comes to baseball, Brooks is all about chemistry. Barely knowing any of his teammates and coaches for the Pipeliners, he is looking forward to building a relationship and contributing the rest of the season. Not to mention, being the oldest one on the team at 25-years old, it's no question he wants to bring leadership and a veteran presence to his teammates that are young as 19-years old.
"I'm hear for anyone who needs to talk to me. I've done a lot working on myself, and even my teammates at Bethany College helping them out what they are doing wrong," Brooks said. "I'm just trying to help everyone out and give these guys some knowledge if they want it."
Seeing double: The Pipeliners has been improving each game on their hitting. Stepping up on the plate are the Peterson twins, Alex and Clayton. In Saturday's win over the Cannons, Alex hit a three-run homer in the third inning, earning a home run and three RBIs. While Clayton finished the night with two hits, two RBIs, and three runs.
"They just hitting lights-out right now. When we recruited those guys, we knew they were going to be good, but I didn't know they were going to be this good," Hartman said.
The Peterson twins are from Edmond, Oklahoma. Alex plays at Cowley Community College, and Clayton plays at Northern Oklahoma Enid. Both have seen success in their schools as outfielders and being named in all-conference and all-regional teams as freshmen.
Injury update: The starting third baseman Lance Russell suffered a broken nose and a mild concussion on Saturday against the Cannons. This was after a ground ball bounced back up into his face after trying to grab it in the late inning. No status on when he will be back in the line up.
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