Griffons starting pitcher Aaron Hassell had gotten out of his fourth and final inning 1-2-3, but cursed the fence behind the Nevada dugout with his foot for the frame beforehand.
Right fielder Dalton Bealmer hit a three-run jack in that four-run third that helped guide the Sedalia Bombers to a 10-1 win Friday over Nevada at Liberty Park.
“I just saw the ball well tonight,” Bealmer said.
Nevada handed Sedalia its first loss of the season on Tuesday, a 5-4 loss on a two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, but the Bombers got revenge with home wins on back-to-back nights beginning with Thursday’s 9-5 victory.
Tyson Cushmon took one of his three walks on the night and Tre Turner singled to put runners on for Bealmer’s blast. Two batters later, AJ Gardner ripped a pitch into right-center, and a throw to third on his triple went wayward that allowed him to score.
Following an RBI triple by Bealmer in the sixth that scored Turner, Sedalia (4-1) tacked on another handful of runs in the seventh to put the game away. Quin Reasoner came up with an RBI single before Turner connected on a pitch over the left-field fence for the Bombers’ second three-run homer of the evening, making it 9-1. Bealmer followed that by beating out an infield single and scored on Jake Lufft’s double off the wall in left.
The Bombers induced four double plays to help out starter Justin Root, who went six innings, and the relief effort. The best of them came in the sixth when Bealmer laid out with a diving catch toward the line, then threw to first for a putout that ended the half-inning.
“You know, it’s been a while since I’ve made a catch like that,” Bealmer said. “I kind of just read it off the bat pretty well, looked ahead and made the play at first, too.”
Bealmer, Turner and Gardner all finished with three hits for the Bombers, while catcher Blake Ford also added a pair.
Coleman Fenton’s RBI single in the fifth was the only blemish on the scoreline for Sedalia, who got an inning of scoreless relief out of Michael Chung, Josiah Imhoff and Conner Darnell. Darnell tagged out Lane Marlow at home in a run-down to end the game.
It’s three days off for the Bombers before returning to action at home against the Clarinda A's on Monday night.