Rangers pull away late from Pipeliners

By Steve Sell
July 15, 2018

The McPherson Pipeliners once again lost the battle of the bullpens.

Liners’ starter Tyler Kisner delivered five solid innings against the Park City Rangers Saturday at Light Capital Diamond, departing with just a 2-1 deficit.

But the Rangers battered McPherson’s beleaguered bullpen, scoring eight runs over the next three innings for a 10-6 victory.

McPherson is now 8-24 in league play, having lost 17 of 19 games. And many of them have been similar to Saturday’s loss, where the game is in the balance midway through, only for it to get away at the end. The Pipeliners are 10-25 overall.

Caleb Hartman has seen the situation play out more times than he can count as his first-year team has experienced growing pains against more veteran teams.

He was pleased, though, with the work of Kisner as the lefty started the game crafting four scoreless frames before being nicked for two runs in the fifth.

“He threw exceptionally well,” Hartman said. “You couldn’t have asked much more out of him. We didn’t have the sticks when we needed them. It is what it is.”

Park City scored three runs in the sixth, including a two-run homer by Connor Lane, followed by a blast by Jeremiah Farris, who just missed a homer in the seventh with a two-run double off the fence.

Liam Rosebeck finally was able to put out the Rangers’ fire, throwing two scoreless innings to wrap up the game, but Park City got to two other relievers for five runs total in the seventh and eighth innings. Rosebeck came in during the eighth to get the three outs, then worked a scoreless ninth.

It was another big night at the plate for McPherson’s Dominick Trevino, who stayed on his recent tear by going 3 for 4 with a double. Austin Warfel added two hits.

The Liners and Park City play again tonight, but the venues shifts south with McPherson the visitors.

Late innings do in Pipeliners

By Steve Sell
July 14, 2018

The McPherson Pipeliners had just battled back from an early 5-0 deficit to tie the Valley Center Mud Daubers at 6-6 through six innings.

But in using all that energy to make the comeback, the Pipeliners had nothing left.

Valley Center scored the game’s final six runs over the last three innings to double the Liners 12-6 on Friday at Light Capital Diamond.

The loss dropped the Pipeliners to 8-23 in the Kansas Collegiate League Baseball after being 6-7 at one point in the season.

They’ll take a 10-24 overall record into tonight’s final game of a three-game homestand against the Park City Rangers. First pitch is 7:00.

The Daubers’ Ian Groves was the chief culprit as his three-run homer broke the 6-all tie in the seventh, that after he had homered earlier. For good measure, he iced the game in the eighth with a two-run double as he finished the night with six RBIs.

Valley Center right fielder Chris Herb made two spectacular catches to deny the Liners more production. He leaped above the fence in the fifth inning to rob Carson Davis of a two-run homer, then stole a potential double from Cody Carpenter in the eighth with another highlight-reel snag.

McPherson starting pitcher Harry Park had a mixed-bag night. While he dazzled with nine strikeouts, he gave up a like number of runs. However, a couple of errors again betrayed his effort as some of the early runs he allowed were unearned. Rubber-armed Ethan Wilson worked the final three innings.

The Liners did pound out 12 hits. Austin Warfel, a pitcher-turned-third baseman, led the way with three, while Andrew Black, Dominick Trevino, Troy Carrigan all added two.

Busy stretch for Aqua Pups

By Steve Sell
July 13, 2018

The McPherson Aqua Pups competed in Lawrence this past weekend, then hosted their  final meet of a three-meet series with Hutchinson and Salina Tuesday at the Water Park.

Five swimmers went to Lawrence.

“It was a busy stretch for the five swimmers that we compete at the Wave the Wheat invitational last weekend, but they handled it beyond well,” McPherson coach Kyle Banman said. “We had some great swims and including a few new qualifying times.”

Here are the highlights in Banman’s words:

• Maya Charlesworth added the 200 breast to her District collection at 3:38.39, in what was her first time swimming the event.

• Rhys Vanderhoof improved his 100 free District time to 1:03.13.

• Adyson Wiens added her second District qualifier with a 54.29 in the 50 fly.

• Aislyn Soukup went 3-for-3 in best times

• Jordan Vanderhoof went 5-for-6 in best times, including her first-ever 200 free.

The team then had 51 swimmers take part in the final home meet Tuesday.

“There were some really nice swims across the board and it was a fun way to wrap up our regular season,” Banman said. “I thought our partnership with Salina and Hutch was a success and I'm looking forward to working with them down the road.”

Banman’s highlights:

• Special Congrats to our first time swim-meeters: Taytum Thompson, Taylin Thompson, Shelby Regier and Quin Liebl.  

• Qualifiers and Top Finishes •

• Claire Schmidt - secured the outright 50 breast Champ time at 51.39.  She also earned the Champ Bonus time in the 200 free and 50 free, and took 1st in all 3 of her events.

• Aislyn Soukup - picked up her first District time of the season with a first-place finish in the 50 breast at 48.84.

• Hayden Farley - even with a recent birthday and age up to the 13-14 group, re-added the 50 free at 33.16 and took 1st in the event. He was also 1st in the 100 free.

• Ethan Burger - added his second District qualifier with his time of 33.32 in the 50 free, and took 1st in the 100 breast.

• Matthew Powers - picked up the 200 free District cut to go along with a 1st-place finish at 2:19.74.

• William Powers - hit the Champ Bonus cut on the 100 breast at 1:21.06 and took 1st in the event. He also won the 200 IM and 400 free.

• Kierstan Trost - Dropped nearly 17 seconds in the 400 free to pick up the District time in the event at 5:42.55 and took 1st.  She also took 1st in the 100 free.

• Rachel Fischer - Took 1st in the 100 breast.

*Danica Brunk - Took 1st in all 3 of her events - 50 Free, 50 Back, and 100 Free.

• Maya Charlesworth - Took 1st in the 100 breast.

• Eli Farley - Cut time and won in all 3 of his events - 50 free, 50 back and 100 free.

• Arriana Gross - Went 3-for-3 on best times and took 1st in the 200 IM.

• Clayton Hafenstine - Had a pair of 1st-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 back.

• Logan Heskett - Took 1st in both of his events - the 50 free and 50 back.

• Bree Pickerell - Took 1st in the 200 free in what was her first time swimming the event.

• Raj Shah - Had a pair of 1st places in the 50 and 100 free.

• Jordan Vanderhoof took 1st in the 200 free.

• Zoe Vontz - Took 1st in the 100 fly.

• Xander Whitteker - Took 1st in the 50 back.

• Clarea Williams - Took 1st in the 100 back.

• Haze Wuertz - Won the 50 fly.

• Other Highlights and Notable Time Drops • 

• Kudos to our crazy 15 and over boys who swam the 400 free as a 400 IM - Rhys Vanderhoof, Matthew Powers and William Powers.

• Brayden Beckman - dropped 17.79 in the 50 back.

• Nathaniel Britting - In his first meet since last summer dropped time in all 3 of his events, including a 19.13 drop in the 100 breast.

• Alex Brubaker - cut 1.73 in the 50 Breast.

• Hannah Brubaker - went 3-for-3 on best/new times in her first meet since last summer.

• McKenzie Dammann - went 3-for-3 on best times, with a pair of 13 sec. cuts on 50 free and 100 free.

*Riley Gard - dropped 3.55 on 50 fly and took 2nd.

• Taylor Hafenstine - had a nice 6.79 drop in the 50 free.

• Nethmi Hewawitharana - went 3-for-3 in best/new times.

• Gracy Hubbard - swam the Long Course 100 back and 100 free for the first time.

* McKenna Obrien - dropped a whopping 14.69 in the 50 fly.

• Aurelia Potter - cut 1.5 in the 50 free to go sub-minute for the first time.

• Layla Rank - cut 2.39 in the 100 free.

• Jentry Sears - had a nearly 10-second drop in the 50 breast.

• Nahla Sechler - Had a pair of 2nd-place finishes in the 50 back and 50 breast.

• Caedan Whitteker - Went 3-for-3 in best times with a pair of 5-second cuts in the 50 free and 50 back, and just over 9 off in the 50 breast.

• Adyson Wiens - Went 3-for-3 in best times, with a nice 6.83 off in the 100 free.

• Caly Williams - Cut a massive 27.87 in her 100 free.

• Hope Williams - Went 3-for-3 on best times, featuring 1.18 off in the 50 free and a 2nd-place finish.

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