A recurring theme for the McPherson Pipeliners reared its ugly head again on Sunday in their eighth straight loss, a 13-7 setback to Valley Center at Light Capital Diamond.
Walks and errors have proven to be the undoing in most of the losses during this cold streak as the Mud Daubers were issued eight free passes — along with a batter being hit — while the Pipeliners made three early errors that allowed the game to get away from them in a hurry.
McPherson dropped to 9-19 on the season with 11 losses in the last 12 games. It is 7-18 in league play.
The first five runs off McPherson pitcher Osvaldo Mendez were unearned as a misplay led to a first-inning run, then a botched rundown kept the third inning alive as if successful it would have been the third out of the inning. Instead, a three-run double by Walker Whitworth cleared the bases and blew the game open.
“It’s kind of been our thing in the last two weeks,” McPherson manager Caleb Hartman said. “Little stuff is going to beat us up... it’s just little stuff that’s going to kill us and right now everything is piling on and everything is eating us up.”
Six Mud Daubers that walked eventually scored as McPherson pitchers continue to be plagued by wildness.
The Pipeliners showed some fight in the ninth inning as down 13-3, they scored four runs to make the game appear more competitive.
Dominick Trevino was bright spot offensively for McPherson as he continued his recent surge by going 4 for 5 with an RBI.
There’s no rest for the weary as the Pipeliners head to Augusta tonight for a pair of games against the Kansas Cannons. The teams then turn around and play a single game on Tuesday at Light Capital Diamond.