Sedalia Bombers pitcher John Osborne retired nine of first 10 Generals batters on his way to pitching five scoreless innings in a 9-4 win Tuesday against the Ozark Generals at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Osborne had four fly outs, four ground outs and two strikeouts during the 10-batter stretch. The first General to reach base was Spencer Blacksher, who got to first on an error.
Osborne’s quickest inning was the fifth, when he got two fly outs and a ground out on five pitches. He allowed one hit, struck out two and walked none. It was Osborne’s debut for the Bombers.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” Osborne said. “I just wanted to throw a lot of strikes and limit the damage.”
Osborne had plenty of run support. The bombers scored between one and three runs in four different innings.
The Generals used a single, a hit by pitch, two errors, and an infield single to score four in the eight inning to get within five runs, but the Bombers closed it out and improved to 11-4 on the season.
The Bombers made a number of defensive substitutions before the inning.
“We were mixing it up,” said manager Jud Kindle. “We were giving Jerrod (Perry, who started in center) a chance to relax his legs a little bit. Moved our guys to kind of make it fun.”
The Bombers struck first when Jonathan Ramon’s sacrifice fly scored Perry in the first inning. Perry was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and got to third on a bunt single and sac bunt.
The Bombers tacked on two runs in the third with the help of walks and passed balls. They loaded the bases with no outs before Perry scored on a passed ball and Trey Hair scored on another Ramon sacrifice fly. Perry and Hair each had a single, and there were two passed balls and two walks in the inning.
The Generals took out pitcher Justen Huermann with two on and two out in the third. He allowed three runs on three hits, walked three and hit one with a pitch.
Dylan Stidham struck out Bee to strand two Bombers runners.
Osborne got help from his catcher in the fourth. Alex Bee caught Robert Prieto trying to steal second to end the top of the inning.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Osborne got help from the offense with three more runs.
Perry doubled off the left-field wall to bring in Daniel Arthur from second. The Generals brought in their third pitcher in Justin Schander with one out.
Perry and Hair completed a double steal. HunterLeeper’s ground out would bring in Perry from third. Ramon beat out a throw by the shortstop, which scored Hair to make it 6-0 Bombers.
The bats didn’t stop there. Hair had a two-RBI double and Leeper had an RBI single in the fifth to give the Bombers a 9-0 lead.
Dan Chambliss and Tony Forcelledo combined to pitch two scoreless innings. Chandler Wolf gave up four, but two were unearned.
Brian Reed closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.
“We are coming along,” Kindle said. “Tony Forcelledo is going to be a good left guy for us and Chandler Wolf has good stuff.”
The Bombers won’t return home until June 24, when they host the Joplin Outlaws at 7 p.m. The Bombers will be at the Branson Nationals at 5 p.m. today.