CLARINDA, Iowa — Venturing beyond regulation for the first time this season, the Bombers finished a home-and-home doubleheader with the A’s with their fourth consecutive win Tuesday at Eberly Field at Municipal Stadium.
Nick Hagedorn delivered the tie-breaking hit and AJ Gardner followed with an RBI single to help the Bombers survive their first extra-innings victory, 13-10.
Temperatures chilled and rain cascaded as the contest continued into extras. Nathan Skaggs used three strikeouts to record his first save.
Andrew Frank spelled Sam Danker with two outs in the eighth, stranding a pair of runners. With Danker seeking a save, the A’s (3-7) capitalized on a pair of should-be flyouts, and Jacob Flores delivered the run-scoring blow to extend the game.
Brandon Babin suffered his second hard-luck decision in as many starts, striking out nine batters in six innings. Sedalia conceded two unearned runs in the last frame of his outing, In his debut start June 6, Babin had three unearned runs on his line as the Nevada Griffons won in walk-off fashion, 4-3.
Tyson Cushman, who led off the ninth with a walk, scored the go-ahead run on a misplayed throw to first. Tre Turner followed with a walk and scored with Hagedorn — who benefitted from the error — on a Gardner double. With three hits each on Tuesday, the No. 3-4 combination of Hagedorn and Gardner lead the team with 14 hits apiece.
Two errors and a single from Nathaniel Bentura gave the A’s a 2-1 lead. Babin issued two walks and allowed two hits before the Bombers turned to its bullpen. Hagedorn provided the first run of the game, sending home Baxter Mays in the sixth inning.
Blaine Hardy and Garrett Morrow surrendered four runs — all with two outs — in the seventh inning. The Bombers (6-1) answered with a four-run rally of their own, powered by four walks, wild pitches and passed balls. Mays beat out the throw from second on an attempted 6-4-3 double play to drive home the tying run, but Quin Reasoner was thrown out advancing home on the initial putout attempt.
The Bombers move forward 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nevada and return home at the same time Thursday to open their season series with the St. Joseph Mustangs.
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