The Bombers experienced some two-out turbulence Sunday in game one of a doubleheader with Joplin, but Brad Spinner is working on it.
Spinner, who finished his freshman year at Georgia College with a 5.60 ERA in 35 1/3 innings, said he is working on two-out consistency this summer.
“I’m just really focused on finishing innings and finishing games,” Spinner said. “My slider was a little inconsistent during school-ball. I’m looking to get more consistent with that this summer. But the most important thing is to go out there with a winning effort.”
Spinner opened the game with two strikeouts before five straight Outlaws reached and scored three runs. The lefty responded with five scoreless innings and for his first win in three starts.
Sedalia’s offense pounded 11 hits off Joplin, scoring two in the first, one in the second and breaking the tie in the third on a Jordan Dey triple.
Outlaws starter Nick Ledinsky surrendered five runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out six in the losing effort.
The Bombers (4-5) scored one run off reliever Josh Woodsmansee in the sixth. Quade Smith, who had two sacrifice bunts already, scored John Privitera from third on a sac fly to center field.
Robert Cummins was 2-2 with a walk, run and hit by pitch and Justin Holt was 3-4 with three singles.
Bombers 6, Outlaws 0
Flame-throwing Joplin Outlaws starter Jonah Patten laughed in celebration after Robert Cummins swung through strike three, stranding two runners.
Patten, who’s fastball sits in the low 90s, issued five walks and struck out four in three innings. Head coach Craig McAndrews said he was familiar with the 6-foot-2 righty going into the game.
“He’s going to be good, man,” McAndrews. “I’ve seen him 93-95 at Crowder Community College. He can chuck it.”
The Bombers had the final laugh in the next frame, to the tune of three runs and hits apiece. Cummins would get his in the sixth with a 2-RBI single off Tucker Mettlach.
Sedalia entered climbed back to .500 with a three-game sweep of the Joplin Outlaws, winning game two of a Sunday doubleheader 6-0.
Left-handed Sedalia Bombers starter Ty Shoaff allowed one hit in four innings before exiting in favor of Tyler Hutchinson, who preserved the 3-0 shutout into the sixth inning of game two in a Sunday doubleheader with Joplin.
Alex Bee had two RBIs on a grounder to second. Joplin shortstop Sam Vega bobbled the transfer on the force out at second, and Dalton Horstmeier rounded third and broke for home at the opportunity. He slid under a late tag safely.
Ben Whetstone doubled to score Bee, who advanced to second on the previous throw home, but was thrown out at third attempting to extend the hit into a triple.
Konnor Eck stranded two runners in the seventh to earn the save.
The Bombers continue their homestand 7 p.m. Monday against the Clarinda A’s at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2