The Sedalia Bombers used some late-inning heroics Monday night to overcome a four-run deficit and grab a 5-4 win over the Nevada Griffons.
Sedalia (12-4) scored one run in the seventh and four more in the eighth to close out the win with a solid relief effort from Mike Wolford.
Wolford gave up just one hit over 2 2/3 innings, worked out of trouble in the eighth and picked up the win for the Bombers in the summer collegiate baseball game at Liberty Park Stadium.
“It seemed like Nevada had our number there for a while,” said Sedalia coach Jud Kindle. “We were able to focus up about the seventh inning — change our approach at the plate, not trying to do too much, just trying to hit the ball back up the middle — and let our talent take over. We had a good comeback tonight, and that’s the sign of a good team to come back like that.”
Nevada scored a run in the third on a double play with the bases loaded. Ryan Allen, Sedalia’s starter, closed out the inning and kept Sedalia in the game, trailing 1-0.
Cory Kyle took over for Allen in the sixth and was promptly greeted by a home run by Jason Houston that increased the Nevada lead to 2-0. Houston had a pair of hits, continuing his hot hitting in the series. He had three hits in Nevada’s 8-1 win on Sunday night.
The Nevada advantage grew to 4-0 in the seventh. Joe Lincoln, a 2007 Tipton High School graduate, led off with a double and scored on a ground ball up the middle, narrowly sliding home ahead of the throw from T. S. Reed.
Taylor House drove home the fourth run for the Griffons with an infield single, forcing Kyle from the mound and bringing Wolford into the action. Wolford closed out the seventh with two straight outs, keeping the deficit at four.
Sedalia did little with Nevada starter Kyle Oestereicher, but he walked the first two batters in the seventh and left the game for Ryan Parson.
The Bombers made Nevada pay for the two walks, getting their first run of the game on a single from Reed to make it 4-1.
After a single and a hit-batsman to open the Sedalia eighth, Jordan May drilled a double that made it 4-2. Don Lambert followed with a groundout that scored another run.
Sedalia catcher Tyler Paxson tied the game when he blasted a double to left. Paxson recently joined the Bombers and has been playing full-time behind the plate with Jose Behar sidelined because of illness.
“The difference between tonight’s ballgame and last night’s ballgame was that last night they got the two-out hits and tonight we got the key two-out hits,” said Kindle.
Another walk and a hit-batsman loaded the bases with two outs for the Bombers. Nick Phillips, in relief of Parson, uncorked a wild pitch and Paxson raced home with the go-ahead run.
Wolford made the lead stand up, retiring the side in order in the ninth to finish the win.
Tyler Knight led the Sedalia offense with a pair of hits.