The Sedalia Bombers started to rally back from a five-run deficit Saturday against the Ozark Generals at Dey Field at Liberty Park, but they couldn’t string enough hits together in the final two innings and fell 6-5.
After seven and a half, the Generals had a comfortable 6-1 lead, but the Bombers didn’t go quietly.
Sedalia scored four runs on four hits in the bottom of the seventh to get within one run.
“Really the only thing is that nobody here likes to lose and we try to make a fight of it because we know we have the ability to come back no matter what the score is,” Bombers third baseman Tony Sandifer said.
Jess Cartner and Kyle Reid flied out and lined out, respectively, to start the inning, but Daniel Arthur and Shain Showers hit back-to-back doubles to score a run.
Hunter Leeper singled in Showers and the Bombers got help from two wild pitches, a passed ball, a walk and an error to eventually bring Leeper and Aaron Meyer home to make it 6-5 Generals.
However, the Bombers stranded two in the seventh and one in the eighth. The top of the lineup went down 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the game.
The Generals didn’t have any big innings like the Bombers. They scored one run four different innings and added two in the top of the seventh.
The Bombers didn’t score until the fifth inning.
“We came out flat,” Bombers manager Jud Kindle said. “This is the first game in a while we came out flat. That’s baseball. We did fight back in the ball game and made it interesting. We just weren’t able to pull it out in the end.”
Steven Cazares started the game for the Generals and was taken out of the game during the Bombers’ rally in the seventh.
“The second and third time through the lineup against that pitcher we made some good adjustments,” Showers said. “We had quite a few hits in the beginning, we just didn’t string anything together.”
The Generals went through three relief pitchers in the final two and one-third innings.
“They were giving us some good looks and different looks,” Showers said. “I think this teams is pretty dangerous from top to bottom. We battled. We did what we could.”
The Bombers went through four pitchers. Tyler Tuepker allowed four runs in five innings. Reese Taylor, Tony Forcelledo and Dan Chambliss combined for four innings.
In Sunday’s game, the Bombers fell 3-1 to St. Joseph. The Mustangs held the Bombers to a run in the bottom of the first and two hits in the game.
Cole Bartlett pitched seven innings, striking out six.
The Bombers (9-4) lead Ozark by 1.5 games in the South Division.
Saturday’s game was the second of six straight days the Bombers will play. Sedalia hosts Branson at 7 p.m. Monday. The Generals come back to town at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the Bombers go to Branson on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game.