The McPherson Pipeliners got another chance to get their first win against the Clearwater Outlaws at home Thursday night, but after giving up three home runs and 13 hits, the Pipeliners remain winless against the Outlaws after 12-6 loss.
Cody Starkel, who usually starts at first base or sometimes right fielder, was the starting pitcher for the Pipeliners. Despite giving up a solo home run at the beginning of the second, in five innings on the mound he gave up one walk and pitched two strikeouts.
"He pitched for us the other night and did well, and he has pitched in the past. We just had confidence in him,"head coach Caleb Hartman said.
Nick Roets set the tone for McPherson in the bottom of the second after hitting an RBI single. He added two more RBIs in the bottom seventh, leading the Pipeliners with four RBIs in two of his hits. Roets was up for the challenge after sitting for two games.
"He sat a couple games, and we wanted to get his head back in line," Hartman said. "It showed that he has come back, and proved to us that he deserved to be back in the line up."
The Pipeliners had opportunities to put more runs after being walked 10 times. Unfortunately, with the six runs and eight hits they recorded, McPherson has left 14 runners on base.
After Starkel was taking out, Tyler Dunn replaced the McPherson native for one inning. Dunn gave up a two-run homer after the game was tied 2-2. The Outlaws regained the lead after the bottom fifth. Calvin Jones took over the next three innings, where he gave up seven runs in three innings. The Pipeliners also gave up two errors that would turn into five runs for the Outlaws. McPherson were not able to respond back after the Outlaws kept putting up runs all game. Especially when they only needed one more out.
"It's been a factor for us the entire season," Hartman said. "One inning and one thing puts us in the loss column. It is what it is, we're just trying to keep our arms healthy."
After losing two straight, the Pipeliners drop to 8-22 in their league. They will be back at Light Capital Stadium where they will close their meeting with the Valley Center Mud Daubers Friday night, July 13. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.
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