WELLINGTON— The losing continues for the McPherson Pipeliners as they droped to the Wellington Heat 6-5 in game one and 12-1 in game two. The Pipeliners has now lost five straight games and drop fifth in their league at 7-14.
Game One Wellington Heat 6 McPherson Pipeliners 5
The Pipeliners went back and forth throughout the game, and both teams tied for eight hits apiece. However, after two errors and a sacrifice-fly, the Heat edged out the Pipeliners in game one.
Taylor Werts, McPherson's pitching coach made his first start on the mound as the starting pitcher and started as the designated hitter spot as well. The first inning started by the Heat scoring their first run by an RBI single. Carson Davis' RBI single put the Pipeliners on the board and the lead with two runs in the top of the third.
Wellington took it up a notch in the bottom third after scoring three runs off a pairs of RBI doubles. Heat's Joe Rankin lead the Heat with three RBI doubles in game one. McPherson was down, but not out as they was able to get their first lead of the night in the top of the fifth while the bases were loaded. It started with a walk that send Nick Roets home and then it finished with sacrifice-fly by Taylor Werts. Dominick Trevino followed it up with an RBI single to close the inning, giving McPherson the 5-4 lead.
The Heat was able to tie the game up after Rankin hits another RBI single in the bottom fifth. After that run, Werts, who finished the game one with two strikeouts,walking one, giving up five hits and three errors, was done for the evening and was replaced by Harry Park. Pipeliners had an opportunity to tie it up and regain the lead in top of the six when Luke Quick, Cody Carpenter and Davis loaded up the bases, but were left stranded in the end, and giving the Heat the opportunity score one more in the bottom of the six and clinched the game at the top of the seventh when McPherson went scoreless.
The Heat's starting pitcher John Gaddis finished the night with six strikeouts, and only walked two Pipeliners.
Game Two Wellington Heat 12 McPherson Pipeliners 1
After a close defeat in game one, the Pipeliners had no answers for game two as they were routed by the Heat 12-1, and only lasted five innings due to the run rule.
The Pipeliners got outplayed by the Heat's newest pitcher Stephen Pastora. Only lasting three innings, he struck out the Pipeliners eight times and keeping them scoreless while on the mound. For the Pipeliners, they struggled with their swings and made only one hit.
As the Pipeliners playoff hopes slowly fading, Hartman wants his Pipeliners to keep fighting and remain positive with 13 games and 11 days left. For the Pipeliners, 11 of those 13 games are at home, including this weekend when they have three-straight home stretch, starting with the Park City Rangers on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
"I just told the guys to stay positive, have fun and make it the best with us in the summer. You never know if this will be your last pitch. "We're out of the hunt for first and second place. We can go on a run and still get into third place to get in the (NBC) tournament," Hartman said. "If we keep sliding, it's going to be tough for us to compete in that tournament as well.
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