The Sedalia Bombers continued their longest homestand of the summer Monday with an 8-3 loss in the second of back-to-back games against the St. Joseph Mustangs.

Things looked good early as Brad Prebay scored on a passed ball in the same at-bat as Cole Turner’s RBI single that drove home AJ Gardner to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but St. Joseph answered with three runs in the fourth and wouldn’t trail for the rest of the game despite walking in Peyton Seiz with the bases loaded to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.

The visitors got two more in the fifth on RBI doubles -- one allowed by starting pitcher Justin Root, another by reliever Garrett Morrow, who inherited a pair of runners -- then made it a four-run lead in the seventh on a two-run homer by Drew Beazely.

Monday’s victory also gave the Mustangs a four-game season sweep over Sedalia.

Following a three-game road trip -- last Wednesday’s contest in Clarinda was rained out -- that saw the Bombers go 2-1, they returned to Liberty Park Stadium on Sunday night, falling 6-0, their first time being goose-egged all season. Gardner picked up two of the team’s five hits, maintaining his pace as second among the MINK League leaders in batting average (.418), but a lineup hampered by injuries struggled and St. Joseph knocked starter Elijah Richeson out in the third inning.

Shaking off a Fourth of July loss to the Mustangs, Sedalia rebounded Friday with a 5-3 win over Jeff City as Brice Pannier had half of the team’s six hits and the pitching racked up 13 strikeouts, including eight by starter Brandon Babin and another four by Michael Chung.

Pannier added three more in Saturday’s 8-6 win in Chillicothe, but was surrounded by plenty more help as the Bombers ended with a dozen hits, providing enough run support for Jackson Schmedding (6 2/3 innings, four runs). Clayton Meyer and Baxter Mays collected two hits, while Gardner and Brendon Davis both plated a pair of runs against the Mudcats.

The Bombers play the first of back-to-back games against Clarinda on Tuesday.

Sports Reporter

Bryan Everson is the sports reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, covering games and sports features in Sedalia and Pettis County and surrounding areas. He can be reached at 660-530-4541.

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