The Sedalia Bombers held off a late rally to grab a 7-6 MINK League win over the Clarinda A’s on Friday night at Liberty Park Stadium-Dey Field.
The win is the eighth straight for the Bombers (10-4) after a 2-4 start.
“Getting ahead early, staying ahead early and pitching,” designated hitter Cody Webster said of the key to the streak.
The Bombers led 7-2 most of the night, but a run in the eighth and a three-run home run by A’s (8-2) designated hitter Bryan Nicholson made it a one-run game with one out in the ninth.
Great defensive plays sealed the win, as Bombers shortstop Zach Lavy snagged a line drive for the second out of the ninth, and Zach Weigel made a catch in deep center field for the final out.
Both A’s losses this summer have been against the Bombers, the first was a 4-2 Sedalia win at Liberty Park on June 3.
The game started off a little rough for Bombers starting pitcher Brett Thomas. He allowed a run in each of the first two innings, but allowed zero runs in the next four innings to improve his record to 2-0.
“Basically, I just forgot the fastball, and just kept dumping in change-ups and mixing in sliders,” Thomas said.
Manager Jud Kindle said he was leaving some pitches up in the zone early on.
“Once he settled in and started pitching down in the zone, good things happened,” he said.
Thomas walked two and struck out four, two of which were in the fourth.
Kindle said Thomas had a blister pop on his foot, which led to the decision to take him out after six innings.
Ryan Yuengel pitched two innings in his third relief appearance, allowing the run in the eighth. Levi Skinner allowed the ninth inning home run after allowing two runs in his previous three appearances combined.
The Bombers got all seven runs in the first four innings, five in the second and two in the fourth.
The first five Bombers batters in the second inning reached base, as Webster got the Bombers on the board with an RBI single to left after falling behind in the count 0-2.
Having seen A’s pitcher Jarrid Garcia throw curveballs on 0-2 counts before, Webster was expecting it.
Jess Cartner drove in two runs with a ground ball up the middle to give the Bombers their first lead of the game at 3-2.
Garcia threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third, which set up a sacrifice fly by Christian Bunch to score Webster. Cartner advanced to third after a Nick DeLorenzo groundout, which helped him score on a wild pitch on the next play.
Webster got his second RBI of the game with a double to deep right-center field to bring in Zach Weigel from second base and increase the lead to 6-2. Weigel stole second earlier in Webster’s at-bat.
Webster later scored on a DeLorenzo sacrifice fly to make it 7-2 Bombers.
The Bombers will host the A’s at 7 p.m. Saturday.