The Sedalia Bombers won on a walk-off error in the 10th inning, beating Joplin 4-3 in a MINK League game Tuesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Daniel Arthur led off the 10th with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice. He scored when Sedalia centerfielder Jarrod Perry hit a two-out grounder to short and Joplin’s shortstop one-hopped the throw past the firstbaseman.
“I was trying to see a fastball and see if I could drive something up the middle,” Perry said. “I didn’t hit it as hard as I wanted to, but it got the job done.”
Bombers starter Cole Bartlett lasted eight innings for the no decision, striking out one and allowing three runs on eight hits.
“He struggled a little early, but really settled down,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “He started to find the zone a bit better in later innings. That inning that he struggled, those were hits, but we made some defensive mistakes behind him.”
Joplin got on the board in the second inning. With a man on and one out, Perry made a diving attempt at a flyball from Joseph Paulino but could not quite get there, resulting in runners on the corners. The next batter up was former Bomber Ty White whose infield single scored one run. Paulino scored later in the inning when Ryan Lazo beat out a grounder.
The Bombers got one run back in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Dey and Jess Cartner led off the inning with singles and Dey scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Arthur.
The Bombers had chances in the third and fourth but could not cash in. Perry hit a double down the left field line in the third. The next inning, Shain Showers took first on a dropped third strike and went to third thanks to a pair of wild pitches. Neither scored.
Meanwhile the Outlaws added a run in the fourth when Matt Turner doubled home White. They nearly had another in the sixth, loading the bases before a grounder to first ended the inning.
The Bombers cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth. Dey ripped a single to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Arthur.
For Dey, batting cleanup, the game saw him go 2 for 3 with a walk. The one out came on a hard-hit linedrive right at the shortstop.
“I changed my approach the other day,” he said. “I didn’t have a good approach at the plate and (Tuesday) I got a lot of off-speed pitches. When they’re throwing off-speed, you’re going to expect it. Whenever I expected it, I sat back and went with it.”
The Bombers eventually tied the game in the eighth. Jonathan Ramon laced a double down the left field line to score Alex Bee to make it 3-3. But the Bombers could not takes the lead, leaving the bases loaded in the inning.
They could not capitalize on a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. After a wild pitch, the Bombers had runners on second and third with two out, but Showers flew out to right to end the inning.