The McPherson Pipeliners continue their slump as this is their eighth straight loss after falling to the Valley Center Mud Daubers 13-7 on a Sunday night. The Pipeliners have now lost 11 of the last 12 games.
The Pipeliners struggled defensively in the beginning. The Mud Daubers were on the board first after two early errors result into a run in the top of the first. The Pipeliners gave up three errors throughout the game. All three errors turned into runs for Valley Center.
"It's kind of been our thing in the past two weeks," head coach Caleb Hartman said. "The little stuff is going to beat us. I think three of those errors scored those three runs. Granted it was more than a three-run ball game, but the little things is going to kill us"
The Pipeliners responded with two runs and three hits off RBI doubles by Carson Davis and Cody Carpenter, giving them their first and only lead of the night. They were able to score one more run in the bottom fourth until they went scoreless in the next four innings.
Osvaldo Mendez made his fourth start on the mound and lasted four 1/3 innings. In the top of the third, Mendez walked three straight batters which would eventually turn into four unearned runs. He next gave up a solo home run before being taken out with two outs left. He finished the night with five strikeouts and giving up five runs off five hits, and walking three. Liam Rosebeck replaced Mendez to end the inning. Mud Daubers attacked again with their second straight home run in the top of the six. In eight of the nine innings, the Mud Daubers scored at least one run. They only went scoreless one time in the top of the second. The Pipeliners have walked eight Mud Daubers, six of them turned into scores.
The Pipeliners, despite trailing 13-3, attempted to make a come back in the bottom of ninth after scoring four runs off two hits led by Frank Yackovich's and Dominick Trevino's RBI singles. All of a sudden, McPherson scored seven runs. Unfortunately, the Pipeliners were down to their last out, and it was a little too late to force another inning.
"It doesn't matter at that point. If you get down in a hole like that, four runs in the ninth is nothing," Hartman said.
Trevino was the Pipeliners' top hitter as he led the team with four singles in five at-bats and an RBI.
The Pipeliners now drop to 7-18 in their league play. With no time to rest, the Pipeliners now focus on the Kansas Cannons in a three-game series starting on Monday, July 9 in a doubleheader at Augusta. They will finish their series on Tuesday at home.
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