ST. JOSEPH - The Sedalia Bombers had a chance to win the MINK League title Thursday night at Phil Welch Stadium, but the Mustangs were too much and forced a third game with a 6-4 win.
The teams will meet once again in St. Joseph at 7 p.m. tonight to decide the league champion.
“(Game three) is a big game,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “We’ll have Dalton Christian on the mound. His last couple of starts have been fantastic for us.”
The Bombers took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Mustangs scored the final three runs to win.
The Bombers used baserunning to get on the board first. The Mustangs’ catcher threw to second base when Tony Sandifer tried to steal, but threw back home when Jess Cartner took off from third.
The catcher couldn’t get a handle on the ball and Cartner slid in safely. Alex Bee then hit a blooper to left field to score Sandifer from second.
Two singles and two sacrifice bunts scored Jordan Dey in the second inning to give Sedalia a 3-0 lead, but it didn’t last long.
After loading the bases in the bottom of the second, the Mustangs scored on a hit by pitch, fielder’s choice and ground ball single to right field.
Sedalia pitcher Sam Perez got help from the defense in the third. After a one-out double in the left field gap, Hunter Leeper caught Tanner Lubach’s fly ball to left at the wall for the second out.
“We’ve been playing great defense down the stretch,” Kindle said. “We just hope to win all three aspects of the game (today).”
Second baseman Trey Hair had a ground ball hop off his right shoulder, but collected it and threw to first to end the inning.
The Bombers got runners at second and third in the fourth, but Cartner grounded out to the shortstop.
Small ball gave Sedalia the lead in the fifth. Hair and Bee each singled and Sandifer and Leeper each dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Hair scored on Leeper’s bunt when Mustangs pitcher Jake Jones hesitated before throwing to first base for the out.
The Mustangs tied it up once again when Lubach singled to right to score Trent Hill. Perez would hit Brandon Huske with a pitch to load the bases with two outs, but got a flyout to limit the Mustangs to a single run.
The Mustangs used a walk, error and single to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Brett Thomas came in to replace Perez on the mound with runners on the corners with one out. Evan McDonald put down a perfect bunt to make it 6-4 Mustangs.