GODDARD— As the McPherson Pipeliners returned for its second year of summer-league baseball, the Pipeliners are the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week, presented by the McPherson Sentinel.
"I know that's a great honor. Being in McPherson for the past seven to eight years, I know how much athletics mean to the city," Pipeliner's Head Coach Chris Dawson said. "So getting that team of the week was pretty huge. I know we do a lot of community work since they got here and put in the work. So the kids earned it, and I'm happy for them. That certificate will go up around our stadium somewhere to show it off. It was a nice gesture, and we appreciate it."
Pipeliners fell late to Curve in scrimmage
After a time off baseball, the Pipeliners reported to McPherson last Friday. On Wednesday evening, the Pipeliners had an exhibition match against the Kansas Curve at Goddard, where they fell late in the eighth inning and took a 3-1 loss.
It may have been an exhibition game, but it was a pitcher's duel between Pipeliner's Carter Hohn and Landon Hulet of the Curve. For 7.5 innings, it was all zeros. Hohn was on the no-hitter trail after not giving up no hits, no runs and pitched eight strikeouts.
"Carter is one of our top arms," Dawson said. "He hasn't thrown a live hitter in a couple of months. To see him come out and fight through of a bit of adversity in the first inning and throw five innings of no-hit ball, and they pretty much diced him up was a good thing to see."
The Pipeliner's defense and bullpen also held its end of the bargain by keeping the no-hitting campaign going. However, so did the Curve. It was just of a matter of time of which defense would cave first. The Pipeliners caved in the bottom eighth. The Curve only collected two hits, but somehow kept runners on base through walks and errors. All it took was one bunt, and the Curve was in business. The Curve recorded three runs off two hits. The Pipeliners had five hits, but it took until the ninth inning to capture its first and only run of the night. Tyler Brown set it up with a line-drive to midfield, and Frank Yackovich collected an RBI single. The Pipeliners had plenty of opportunities to secure more runs all night, but couldn't prevail. Dawson looked back on is team performance after the game and knew what his players need to improve on.
"Defense played well and backed them [the pitchers] up for the most part," Dawson said. "The pitchers carried a no-hitter through seven innings, had to bunt to break it up. That just shows you the pitching we have this summer, and the offense is going to come. Some of these kids haven't seen live pitching in two or three weeks, so the hitting is going to come. That's what I told them out there. We just got to give them about a week or two for the kids to get the timing down, but the pitching was great."
The Pipeliners will have one more day of practice before opening night when it hosts the Salina Shock on Friday at 7 p.m. at Light Capital Stadium.
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