WELLINGTON—The McPherson Pipeliners are still alive after upsetting KCLB heavyweight the Wellington Heat 8-6 on the road on Wednesday.
It is the second time the Pipeliners beat the Heat this season, and a road win at Wellington gave the Pipeliners the boost they needed to stay in the top three to qualify in the KCLB League Tournament.
The Pipeliners kept Wellington grounded for most of the game, keeping them scoreless for six of the nine innings. Carter Hohn started on the mound for the Pipeliners, and in five innings, he threw three strikeouts, gave away six walks, five hits and four runs. Adam Tabor was Hohn's reliever and led the with four strikeouts. Jake Selco closed out the game, pitching a save and giving Hohn the win.
The Pipeliners outhit the Heat 13-8. Tyson Cheatham was the RBI leader with three after hitting a home run. Daniel Arroyo, Tyler Brown, Selco, Rey Lozano and Aaron Eshelman each collected two hits.
The Pipeliner's biggest inning came in the fifth when they scored five runs and took a 6-0 lead. The Heat stay relevant after picking one run in the bottom fourth and three and the bottom sixth. The Heat also were able to keep it close ball game after scoring two more runs in the ninth, but the Pipeliners finished the job without giving up a lead the whole night.
The Pipeliners improved to 10-11 in league-play, 12-21 overall and are half-game ahead of third place. The Kansas Cannons now hold the No. 1 spot in the standings at 17-4. The Heat dropped to second at 14-6. The Pipeliners will take Thursday off and will get back to work this weekend at home. On Friday they will host the Park City Rangers at 7 p.m. Then the Valley Center Mud Daubers are in town on Saturday for a doubleheader matchup, which will begin at 6 p.m.
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