The Sedalia Bombers spotted Joplin a pair of first inning runs but bounced back to win 5-3 in a MINK League game Saturday at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Joplin got to Sedalia starter Peter Fairbanks in the first inning, following a walk with three consecutive singles. Enrique Finol capped it off with a single to drive home Matt Turner and Max Ayoub.
I was just a little antsy, Fairbanks said. I wanted to come out and do well for my team and I was a little too juiced up.
Fairbanks got a fly ball and a strike out to end the first without any more damage done and from there was nearly unhittable. From the second inning through the sixth he allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven. He threw back-to-back one-two-three innings in the second and third before stranding a pair of runners in the fourth. Joplin had runners on second and third with two out in the seventh, but Fairbanks struck out Ayoub looking to end the inning.
He credits his catcher Cody Webster with a lot of the success.
I was just staying with Cody, Fairbanks said. Hes been calling games against them all year and he was making good calls and I was able to execute the pitches fairly well.
The Bombers got the two runs back in the fourth. Tony Sandifer singled to drive home Nick DeLorenzo and Ty White doubled to score Sandifer.
I was expecting a fast-ball and (would) adjust off-speed, White said. He left me a fast ball so I got to handle it pretty well.
Two innings later White struck again, doubling to left to score Zach Lavy.
The pitcher had been working in to a lot of left-handed batters, White said. I inside outed it and got it to the left side. I was lucky for it to fall and bring another one home.
The Bombers extended the lead in the seventh. After Jess Cartner led off the inning with a fly ball out to the warning track in right, Randy Medellin hit one in the same direction that carried a little more and got over the fence. Seeing the Joplin pitchers still coming inside to left-handed hitters, he was expecting it.
I was pretty geared up, he said. If he was going to come inside I was going to put it over the fence. I was waiting on it and I knew it was going to come again so I went after it.
The Bombers added another in the eighth on a Cartner double to score Sandifer. The Outlaws added a solo home run in the ninth.