Fortunately for the McPherson Pipeliners, they have no time to dwell on Monday’s 15-5 home loss to the Clearwater Outlaws.
After winning their first two games against the Outlaws this season, the last two games between the teams have resulted in runaway victories for Clearwater, which led 15-0 through 5 1/2 innings before the Pipeliners finally came alive with the game’s final five runs.
The teams play the season’s rubber game tonight, again at Light Capital Diamond, with a 7:00 first pitch.
Monday’s matchup figured to tilt in favor of the Liners, who sent ace Carter Hohn to the mound. But the Outlaws struck for four runs in the second inning, with an assist from the Pipeliners’ defense as they committed three errors.
It went from bad to worse in the third as Hohn suffered a foot injury and had to leave the game down 6-0 and the bullpen offered no relief. Control was a big problem as the Pipeliner pitchers combined to walk 10 and hit one as throwing strikes continues to be the team’s No. 1 weakness.
Jake Selco drove in McPherson’s first run in the sixth on an RBI groundout, then the Pipeliners had a four-run flurry in the seventh, but needed one more run to extend the game as the 10-run rule kicked in. Jarred Uyeda stroked a two-run double for the big Liner hit of the night. Tyler Brown added a pair of singles.
The loss dropped the Pipeliners to 6-13 on the year, 4-7 in their division of the KCLB.
McPherson (5) — Arroyo 4-0-0-1, Yukumoto 3-1-0-1, Brown 4-0-2-0, Selco 3-0-0-1, Lozano 3-0-0-0, Fleisher 3-1-1-0, Eshelman 2-1-1-0, Plunkett 1-1-0-0, Uyeda 3-1-1-2.