By Jason Strickland Democrat Sports Writer
June 2, 2014
Jordan Dey and Alex Bee were the Sedalia Bombers’ heroes in Monday’s 4-3 home-opening win against the Nevada Griffons.
Sedalia trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Dey singled to left to score Hunter Leeper and Bee drove in the game-winner on a grounder that bounced over the shortstop. Those were the only hits of the game for Dey and Bee.
“I was proud of Jordan going up there,” Bombers manager Jud Kindle said. “It was a big hit by Jordan. It got us our tying run and put the pressure off of us and then Alex took a good approach at the plate.”
Matt Jones gave the Bombers a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he snuck a grounder past the pitcher’s glove and into center field to score Jerrod Perry, who walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Jones got the Bombers’ second hit of the game in the fourth when the lefty smoked a home run to right-center field to put Sedalia up 2-0.
“He’s special,” Kindle said. “He’s got a lot of pop off his bat. … It’s probably one of those things where we may not have him very long with the draft. We will enjoy him while he’s here.”
Bombers’ pitcher Cole Bartlett pitched six scoreless innings, but was taken out after striking out three and allowing four hits.
“Cole’s got a bright future at Mizzou and a bright future on the mound for us this summer,” Kindle said. “He was at his pitch count. He was right at 90 and we didn’t want to go over that his first time out.”
Nevada took advantage of the change.
Burke Echelmeier got the first batter he faced out on a pop fly, but allowed a double past a diving Hunter Leeper at third base. A single to center field made it 2-1 Bombers.
Nevada tied it up later after the runner at third scored on a fielder’s choice.
Chandler Wolf came in to pitch the eighth inning and allowed Nevada to take a 3-2 lead.
The two runs in the ninth gave the Bombers the win and a 3-0 start to the season after getting two wins at Chillicothe. It also puts Sedalia in first of the MINK League South Division.
“I think it’s a combination of great starting pitching and good hitting,” Kindle said. “Tonight we were a little off on our bats until the ninth, but for the most part we’ve had solid approaches at the plate.”
Nevada’s starter went five innings, giving up two runs and stiking out four.
The Bombers got four of their hits off Nevada relievers.
The Bombers will host Omaha at 7 p.m. today.