MINK League baseball: Griffons rally to win South title
The Sedalia Bombers’ season ended Tuesday night in a most disappointing way.
Relief pitcher Zac Anstine issued a pair of bases-loaded walks in the ninth inning, and the Nevada Griffons beat the Bombers 4-3 to win the MINK League South Division title.
The Griffons (25-17) will host Game 1 of the MINK League Championship Series against North champion Clarinda at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lyons Stadium. Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Both Nevada and Clarinda have already qualified for the National Baseball Congress World Series. The league champion will receive a better seeding.
Behind the pitching of ace Robert Greco, the Bombers took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning.
Greco made probably his only mistake of the day when Brandon Downs launched a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth.
The first two Nevada batters reached base to start the ninth against Anstine.
Sam Hilliard singled. David Chew tried to bunt Hilliard to second, but an error by the pitcher allowed Chew to reach base.
Cal Hogan grounded out to first base, and pinch-hitter Michael Douglas drew a walk to load the bases.
Anstine walked Caleb Mitchell, producing the tying run, and one out later, walked Sterling to allow the winning run to score.
Anstine gave up two runs on one hit with three walks and one strikeout in 2-3 of an inning.
The Griffons’ fourth pitcher of the game, Mitch Weis, allowed a single and struck out a batter in the top of the ninth to earn the win.
Greco earned a no-decision, yielding two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks in eight innings.
Jess Cartner singled in Zack Weigel to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead in the first.
Sedalia scored two runs in the third.
Weigel and Mylz Jones opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Zach Lavy sacrificed the runners to second and third. Weigel scored on Cody Webster’s groundout to second. Cartner singled home Jones to take a 3-0 lead.
Weigel finished 3 for 5, and Cartner went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. No other Sedalia player had more than one hit.
The Bombers, who outhit Nevada 10-6, finished the season with a 24-18 record.
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