As his opposite labored, Sedalia starting pitcher Jackson Schmedding navigated batters with ease Monday night.
In his second start of the summer, Schmedding threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits in the Bombers’ 10-7 win over the Clarinda A’s at Liberty Park Stadium.
“I felt really comfortable,” Schmedding said. “Usually, I’m not uncomfortable, but very competitive, and today felt really chill to me.”
A workhorse for the Roadrunners this spring, Schmedding threw 109 pitches over 6 2/3 innings his first time on the mound last week, but needed just 81 pitches to put Sedalia in the driver’s seat against the A’s.
“I walked a couple of guys my last outing, but no one this time,” Schmedding said. “I threw a lot of innings at State Fair this season, and I just wanted to give myself some time off to get my arm back into shape and feel better.”
Schmedding said that despite the low pitch count, he was running out of gas in the sixth, when he hit a batter with a full count. Sedalia head coach Craig McAndrews came out for a quick talk, then Schmedding put a bow on the performance with his fifth and final strikeout.
“I was just trying at the end not to give up any runs and get my team into the dugout,” Schmedding said. “I got two outs quick then hit that guy in the sixth. Coach came out to give me a break and calm me down a little bit, which was good — I needed that — and I threw strikes after that. He has a great sense for when to come out and when guys are about done, that’s why I like playing for him so much.”
Clarinda starter Charlie Kiefer, meanwhile, lasted only four innings and struggled against the top of the Sedalia lineup as other MINK pitchers have so far. The Bombers scored a pair in the bottom of the first on Nick Hagedorn’s broken bat double into center that scored Tre Turner, then Jake Lufft pounded a first-pitch offering for an RBI double that scored Hagedorn. Turner scored the second of four times in the game in the second when a routine ball hit by Dalton Bealmer to left field was dropped.
Another error in the third allowed Lufft to score from second on a pick-off throw from catcher to first base, and Clayton Meyer singled in AJ Gardner in the same half-inning to build the lead to 5-0.
Bombers reliever Anthony Reina, who relieved Schmedding in the seventh, allowed the A’s to get their first runs on the board with a three-run inning, but Sedalia got as many back in the eighth, two of them coming on a triple to deep right by Gardner.
Following a scoreless inning by Brett Winkelman in the eighth, Clarinda made it a three-run game in the ninth before Conner Darrnell got Ryan Novis, who represented the tying run with two runners on, to ground out and end the game.
Lufft finished with a team-high three hits, while Hagedorn and Gardner each totalled a pair in the win, which improves Sedalia to 5-1.
The Bombers turn around to face Clarinda in Iowa on Tuesday, then play in Nevada on Wednesday before returning home to a game against the Jeff City Renegades Thursday night.