The McPherson Pipeliners returned at the Light Capital Stadium Monday night as they had a make-up game with the Park City Rangers, but despite playing at home, the Pipeliners were the away time since the game was supposed to be at Park City but their field is still dealing with flooding, but the game must go on.
Game One McPherson Pipeliners 9 Park City 4
Everything went right for the Pipeliners game one. Osvaldo "O.J." Mendez returned on the mound and McPherson scoring nine runs off 11 hits.
Mendez got into a rocky start in the bottom of the first. After being called for a balk, the Rangers would get their first run of the night by an RBI single that would give them a 1-0 lead. He would then walked three of the last four Rangers during the inning. His last walk resulted to another run for Park City, having the Pipeliners trail 2-0. However, after calming down and readjusted, Mendez was the tear as he finished the night with six strikeouts and only two runs he surrendered.
"First game he threw really well," head coach Caleb Hartman said about Mendez. "He didn't have his best stuff . There was history between him and the field umpire with the balk thing, and stuff like that. He just look a little bit tired, and we noticed it. We didn't run up 100 pitches like he has done consistently. It's summer ball, and we don't want wear anybody out."
The balls were flying for the Pipeliners, and it led to eight RBIs. Starting outfielder Cody Carpenter made his first official start as a Pipeliner, and he didn't waste any time in making a good impression once he on the plate. After John Marecks hit a single, Carpenter followed it up with an RBI double, sending Mareks home, and put McPherson on the board in the top of the third. Second at-bat, he launches a three-run homer on the left side of the field. Just off the fence. Not a bad debut for the Tucson, Arizona native.
"I knew I was going to play with a good team, so I just tried to come out and do my part. I saw good pitches at the plate and I just took what I got," Carpenter said.
Eric Gutierrez also recorded an RBI single, sending two runners in the third. In the top of the fourth, Carson Davis slams a solo home run to give the Pipeliners a 4-2 lead. After Mareks hit a double, Kyler Cox followed up with two RBIs with a single.
"It's always good to see a couple long balls when they are on our side," Hartman said. "Our field is one of the smallest fields, but the wind was blowing out tonight as well."
Game Two: Park City Rangers 1 McPherson Pipeliners 0
In Game two it was nothing but a pitcher's chess match between Tyler Kisner and Park City's assistant coach Wyatt Haccou. Both pitched all seven innings, Haccou was the victor with 14 strikeouts and only one hit.
"Yeah, he's their pitching coach, and he's still trying to pursue a professional career in baseball," Hartman said about Haccou. "He also wants to make sure he's giving every opportunity that he has available, and part of that is playing against us."
Kisner wasn't far off as he pitched 10 strikeouts and giving up three hits and one run. Unfortunately for Kisner, he was on the losing end as the Pipeliners recorded three errors. One of the errors was enough for the Rangers to put them in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. It would result in an RBI single right after. The Rangers was on edge by one run.
"It's one of the best games we've seen other than Liam 's (Rosebeck) complete game," Hartman said. Kisner threw a great game. The little stuff killed us. We had three errors. That error to Nick Roets in that sixth spot kept that runner on, and then Kisner gave up that run, and we lost. In a pitcher's game like that, the little stuff matters, and it showed tonight."
After Monday's doubleheader, the Pipeliners are now 9-11 (7-10 in their league play). They will be back on the road on Tuesday, June 3, as they will face the Clearwater Outlaws starting at 7 p.m.
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