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Pipeliners Late Rally Falls Short in Season Opener


By: Grant Barrett, Ad Astra Radio


McPHERSON, Kan. – The Kansas Collegiate Baseball League began Monday night for the McPherson Pipeliners, as they battled the Park City Rangers at Light Capital.

Cooper Lovelace of Newman University would get the start on the mound for McPherson, pitching three innings scoreless before running into trouble in the fourth. Four runs crossed the plate in the inning, two of which were unearned. 

The Pipeliners would collect a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Rangers responded with a run in the next three innings to take a 7-4 lead.

Chase Deloach led McPherson offensively with three hits and three RBI’s to go along with a couple of highlight plays at third. Max Marquez, Collin Pearson, and Cooper Smith also added RBI’s, and after collecting a run in the bottom of the 9th, the Pipeliners would fall 7-6.

The Pipeliners will travel to Goddard on Tuesday, to take on the Kansas Curve at 7:00 p.m.

McPherson Pipeliners Batters:
0 JJ Esparza 0-2, 3 BB, 2R
1 Chase Deloach 3-5, 3 RBIs
4 Julian Galvan 1-1, R
6 Collin Pearson 0-4, RBI
8 Noah Ochoa 1-2, BB, R
10 Raul Collante 0-1, BB
11 Max Marquez 2-2, RBI
12 Cooper Smith 0-3, RBI
13 Matt Madison 0-0, BB
14 Jayden Leonhardt 0-3
16 Colin Parks 0-2
19 Levi Atherton 1-2
25 Matthew Revels 0-1
28 Jack Hirchert 1-4, BB, 2R

McPherson Pipeliners Pitchers:
3 Nicholas Clayson 2 IP 0H 0R 0ER 1SO 0BB
7 Keaunu Maldonado 1 IP 0H 2R 2ER 0SO 3BB
Jaxson Edwards 1 IP 1H 1R 0ER 2SO 0BBl
21 Cooper Lovelace 4 IP 3H 4R 3ER 4SO 1BB