The McPherson Pipeliners found a way out of its dry spell of losses and got the 14-7 win over the Kansas Curve on Monday.
"Huge, huge win we've been waiting for a performance like that for a while now," Pipeliners Head Coach Chris Dawson said.
Memo Espinoza started on the mound and threw for five innings, giving up five runs, six hits, three walks and had eight strikeouts. In the second and fifth innings, he threw no-hitters.
The first half of the game was close to the number of runs each team had. However, during the first inning, Tyler Brown and Jake Selco scored crucial runs from Aaron Eshelman's base hit and error from the Curve. In the third inning, the Curve hit a two-run homer. Joshua Clyden responded by hitting a home run of his own.
"He's putting in the work, and he's working every single day. He's getting stronger and trusting himself more. I think he's starting to see like hey 'I'm putting the ball in play, and I'm hitting the ball with some authority,'" Dawson said about Clyden.
Newcomer catcher Tyler Carrasco caught Curve stealing third base ending the third inning with a lead that kept going.Tyler Brown hit an RBI single, sending two runners home and bringing the score to 9-5. Once more, Brown and Selco were returned to home base in sync after Tyson Cheatham hit an RBI single.
During the sixth inning, Austin Jentzsch came in as the reliever. He threw two innings, giving up one run, two hits, and three walks. Defensively there was a halting of the Curve's momentum when Trey Yukumoto, Daniel Arroyo and Brown all contributed to a double play to keep the Curve from scoring. The last point the Curve got to score was in the eighth inning, which was a walk.
Carter Hohn switched in for Jentzsch during the eighth inning, and he threw one strikeout and gave up one run, and two walks. Quickly after Selco came in to relieve him for the night, he closed out with a save, collecting one strikeout and one walk.
"The plan was to have him throw no matter what. We're going to be able to go out to Wellington with Carter on the bump," Dawson said.
Monday's game gives the Pipeliners a chance to qualify for the league tournament at 11-21. Shaking off the five-game losing streak, the transition between games for the Pipeliners was a positive one.
"We told them last night after that Hays loss that they needed to come ready," Dawson said. "I think they were just locked in more mentally."
The Pipeliners will play the Wellington Heat on the road on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Hohn will start on the mound for the Pipeliners.