The McPherson Pipeliners got two wins under its belt before the start of league play, defeating the Andale Warhawks 7-4 on Saturday evening.
It wasn't a pretty game for either team as both combined for eight errors in a game. Five came from McPherson. One led to an unearned run in the first inning for the Warhawks. The Pipeliners answered back by adding two more runs in the bottom first.
Memo Espinoza started on the mound for the Pipeliners and lasted six and a third innings, pitching five strikeouts and six walks. Rey Lozana took over as the reliever from the bullpen for one and a third, and Roger Viloria closed out the game for the Pipeliners.
"Memo was huge tonight," Pipeliner's Head Coach Chris Dawson said afterward. "Memo, coming out with six and a third, was huge. He battled through some adversity in the beginning. We were able to answer their one-run with our two-run later. It was great."
Daniel Arroyo had a strong performance as he collected three hits and two RBI singles. He also showed his wheels as he recorded three of the Pipeliner's six steals on base. He was just as impactful on defense as he made a play on third base when he got a runner out on first late in the game.
"Danny Arroyo had a huge game, and he's going to be ours," Dawson said. "That huge defensive play down the third-base line at the end of the game...to show the arm strength there is absolutely ridiculous. As soon as we saw that there was a lefty on the mound, we were going to run and put the pedal to the medal and show they can throw us out. Danny led the charge with that. He was very impressive, and I was very happy."
It was also a bounce-back night for catcher Grant Plunkett. On Friday against the Salina Shock, he struck out three times. On Saturday's win, he was 3-for-4 which included an RBI single and a double.
The Pipeliners will be on the road to Valley Center to take on the Mud Daubers on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Jordon Bolt will get the start on the mound in Sunday's league play. Dawson is looking forward to seeing Bolt in action.
"He's a big kid, and a physical kid," Dawson said. "He can run it up there in the high eights. It's going to be exciting to see him tomorrow on the road against a team that we should beat, to be frank. Nothing against Valley Center, but we should go out there with the guys with our lineup and beat that team."
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