Errors, the long ball and a five-run ninth undid the Bombers during an 11-6 loss Thursday hosting the Jefferson City Renegades at Liberty Park Stadium.
Sedalia head coach Craig McAndrews was ejected after a close play at the plate during the ninth-inning rally.
“Really, really frustrating day at the yard,” McAndrews said.
Jefferson City’s Peyton Leeper launched the fourth home run of the game in the ninth for the go-ahead runs. Conner Darnell relieved Andrew Frank with runners on the corners and no outs. Fielding a ground ball at second, Baxter Mays looked back the lead runner before completing the putout at first. Dede Cole, breaking for home, slid under the tag after a throw from first base beat him to the plate.
The Renegades (6-5) led 9-6 after the ejection and drove home two more runs to seal the deal.
“I didn’t cuss one time,” McAndrews said. “I didn’t know where to go. I’ve never been tossed.”
Nick Hagedorn tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth. He increased his team-high RBI total to 19 with the blast, driving in two runs earlier on a first-inning single.
The Bombers (6-2) committed five errors during the loss, pushing their total to 24 in eight games. Only Joplin (26) and Clarinda (24) have committed as many or more errors, each having completed at least 10 games.
Along with misplays grounding the Bombers, McAndrews said his pitchers caught too much of the plate with two strikes. Sedalia deployed five hurlers (Michael Chung, Josiah Imhoff, Garrett Morrow, Frank and Darnell) after starter Jordan Mendenhall lasted three-plus innings.
“Pitch location, up in the count, we need to make a go-away pitch,” McAndrews said. “And down in the count, we need to throw strikes. … It was shocking that we were in the game.”
With two outs in the second, Tre Turner pulled an 0-2 fastball for his second home run of the season. He collected two hits hits and runs apiece in his debut at leadoff. Tyson Cushman, who started all but one game in the No. 1 spot, has been shut down for the summer with an arm injury.
Cushman’s fate lined up with the arrival of three Central Missouri ballplayers returning from the NCAA Division II World Series. Cole Young is a left-handed pitcher, while Harrison Schnurbusch and Cole Taylor started Thursday at shortstop and first base, respectively.
McAndrews said the Mules will provide much-needed infield reinforcements. With Cushman injured and Gavin Jones drafted into professional ball, Mays and Quin Reasoner may see time at shortstop. Houston Parker, who caught four games, was also shut down with a rib injury — further shaking up the infield.
The Bombers have depth, McAndrews said, but performance will determine playing time.
“If guys make six errors, we’re going to see a much different infield,” McAndrews said.
Two unearned runs for Jefferson City tied the game in the second, and a three-run home run from Lincoln Orellana pulled the Renegades ahead, 5-4, in the fourth. Team meet again 7 p.m. Saturday in Jefferson City.
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