ST. JOSEPH – The Sedalia Bombers’ defense and pitching was on target in Friday’s MINK League title game, but the bats never got going in a 4-1 loss to the St. Joseph Mustangs at Phil Welch Stadium.
Mustangs pitcher Brandon Baker allowed one run on five hits in 7 2-3 innings.
It was soon after Baker was taken out of the game when the Bombers’ players couldn’t hold their tempers any longer.
A number of players came out of the dugout on the middle of the eighth inning and began arguing with the umpires and opposing coaches and players.
Throughout the game the Bombers questioned calls made by the umpires, but Tony Sandifer said it the argument was mostly about the Mustangs’ comments during the game.
Sandifer was one of the first to approach the opposing dugout.
“If they come at me with those word I’m OK with it,” Sandifer said. “I can shake it off, but whenever they say something about my teammates I can’t do that.”
Manager Jud Kindle provided his take on what occurred.
“There was a derogatory comment made toward our player,” Kindle said. “With a game like that there’s a lot of emotion. They were chirping all game long. The guy might have taken it a little too far that time and our guy reacted. At the same time we tell our guys to get back. Luckily nothing more transpired other than that.”
Mustangs pitcher Grant Gavin was ejected in the ninth inning after hitting Hunter Leeper with a pitch.
One of the early calls made was when Jordan Dey bunted into 5-4-3 double play in the second inning after Bee walked to lead off the inning. Dey said it hit off his foot, but the play continued.
The Bombers questioned several other calls during the game, including balls and strikes.
Pitcher Brian Reed came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, but was ejected with two outs after saying something to the home plate umpire.
The Bombers’ lone run of the game came in the fourth when Dey’s sacrifice fly scored Sandifer. The Mustangs scored one in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh.
Dalton Christian pitched five innings on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits.
“I’m proud of what Dalton did,” Kindle said. “To see him blossom during the season like he did. He’s done a great job at settling in.”