The Sedalia Bombers and Ozark Generals went back and forth Sunday night at Dey Field at Liberty Park, but a wild pitch in the ninth inning ultimately gave the Bombers a 7-6 win.
The Bombers took a 6-4 lead into the top of the eighth, but Spencer Blacksher cranked a home run to center field to get Ozark within a run. The Generals tied it up in the ninth on a sacrifice bunt, but the Bombers weren’t planning on extra innings.
Jess Cartner singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and got to third on a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. The bases were loaded up after Hunter Leeper was intentionally walked and Jerrod Perry walked.
Alex Bee came to the plate, but stepped out of the way after a wild pitch and Cartner scored the winning run.
“They hit the ball, we hit the ball,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “We did just enough to get the job done.”
Tyler Tuepker pitched the first six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He pitched 1-2-3 innings in the first and fourth.
Tony Forcelledo pitched a scoreless seventh, but Dalton Christian gave up a home run in the eighth and Brian Reed walked two and allowed a run in the ninth.
“He’s our go-to guy at the end of the game and he’ll still be our go-to guy at the end of the game,” Kindle said about Reed. “It’s just one of those things where he’s got to have the confidence to go out and throw strikes.”
After Christian allowed the home run, he got two of the next three batters out. Reed struck out Blacksher to get out of the ninth.
Bee commanded things behind the plate and threw out two Generals at second base on steal attempts.
“They wanted to run so we took advantage of that,” Bee said. “Good defense tonight. Two errors, but all in all a good game for us.”
Bee also keyed on the Generals’ baserunning strategy. In the sixth inning, Bee threw to second base to catch a runner stealing, but Tony Sandifer threw the ball back home when the runner at first stopped. Bee easily tagged out the runner attempting to score.
“They like to do that steal and stop,” Bee said. “We played that perfectly. We talked right before they did it. Throw through and if he runs then we’ll just get him out at home. That’s exactly what we did.”
There were five lead changes in the game. The Bombers scored once in the second inning, but the Generals took a 2-1 lead in the third.
Trey Hair attempted to tie the game up in the fourth inning, but was out at home after trying to take two bases on a passed ball. Hair led off the inning with a single and steal.
But the Bombers did take the lead in the fifth inning. With runners on the corners, Shain Showers singled to center to bring in Jonathan Ramon. Hair’s single to left scored Cartner to give the Bombers a 3-2 lead.
The Generals took the lead in the top of the sixth, but the Bombers scored three in the bottom half to go up 6-4. Ozark scored the next two, but the Bombers walked off with the win to improve to 20-9.
The Bombers will attempt to win their third in a row when they host the Nevada Griffons at 7 p.m. today.