COLUMBIA — The Mid-Mo Bombers fell 9-0 in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Hickman, but recovered for a 11-1 win in game two.
Ben Scolten pitched four of game two’s five innings. He had seven strikeouts and allowed one hit.
Noah Aziere closed out the game allowing one unearned run and striking out one.
Sam Kindle had four RBIs to lead the Bombers. Kolin Brace and Ryan Wood each drove in two runs.
In game one, Bombers pitcher Grant Huhmann stranded five Hickman runners on base in the first three innings, but the Bombers committed four errors and Hickman got two hits in the fourth inning.
“It was pretty good up until about the fourth inning,” said coach Jaric Reid. “It’s just little things. It’s looking the ball into the glove, using two hands. It’s the little things like that.”
The Bombers did get a couple of good defensive plays, including a unassisted double play from second baseman Logan Hirst in the fifth inning.
The Bombers got five hits, walked twice and was hit by a pitch once, but they left eight runners on base.
“We had our chances on offense,” Reid said. “We’ve got to execute.”
Jackson Smith hit a lead-off single to start the game and Hirst walked in the third spot, but were left stranded. Smith stole second base before Hirst walked.
Sam Kindle tried to get things going in the sixth inning with a one-out double to deep right field, but never made it past that point.
Hickman’s starting pitcher allowed three hits and struck out seven in five innings on the mound.
“That pitcher was good, but we had our pitches to hit,” Reid said.
Huhmann went three innings for the Bombers, allowing six runs and striking out four.
“He was starting out in a lot of 2-1, 3-1, 3-2 counts,” Reid said. “And when you do that you just wear out a lot quicker. I think that’s what happened. He just got tired.”
Smith stepped up from center field to take the mound for three innings.
“The thing about Jackson is that he just does what you tell him,” Reid said. “He’s a gamer. If you want him to pitch, he’ll pitch. Last week we didn’t have a catcher and he caught for me.”
One of the three runs he allowed was earned.
“He threw strikes,” Reid said. “That’s what you have to do. If you hit your spots, good things are going to happen. Doesn’t matter how hard you throw or big you are, if you hit your spots good things are going to happen for your defense.”
Next up for the Bombers is a doubleheader at Versailles at 6 p.m. today.