The Sedalia Bombers came back from a 5-0 deficit Friday at Liberty Park at Dey Field to beat the Clarinda A’s 10-9.
The Bombers went into the ninth inning with a 10-5 lead, but four walks and four runs later it was 10-9 Bombers.
The A’s had the winning run come to the plate, but he grounded out to shortstop Hunter Leeper to end the game.
The A’s went up 5-0 with three singles and three doubles in the third inning. DMarco Poindexter doubled to the right field corner to drive in the first two runs. Zack Belanger’s single brought one home and Justin Smith’s double in the right field gap scored another. Mitchell Price’s double went over Jerrod Perry’s head in center field to make it 5-0 A’s.
The Bombers got on the board in the fourth with two runs, thanks to Cody White’s two-out single and a throwing error by the Clarinda shortstop. Alex Bee was caught in a rundown between second and third, but a high throw to second base allowed Tony Sandifer and Bee to score on the play and make it 5-2 A’s.
The Bombers got within one run after Jordan Dey hit a two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning.
“I wasn’t sure (if it was gone),” Dey said. “I heard it go off the pole and I saw the umpire signal it was gone and luckily got out.”
Sandifer hit a lead-off single and Jess Cartner flew out before Dey’s blast.
Dey helped take the lead in the sixth inning when he reached second base on a throwing error by Clarinda’s shortstop. Sandifer and Cartner scored on the play.
Perry scored the tying run earlier in the inning when the third baseman couldn’t handle Sandifer’s grounder.
Sedalia got insurance runs in the eighth inning. Trey Hair doubled to left field gap to score Aaron Meyer and Perry to make it 9-5 Bombers. Leeper then flied out to left, but the throw to third base was wide to allow Hair to score and make it 10-5 Bombers.
“Out team fought back and played an extremely good offensive game,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “We had a good pitching performance after that by Sam (Perez) and great relief.”
Sam Perez started the game for the Bombers, allowing zero hits in the first two innings. After giving up five runs in the third, Perez returned to form, striking out five batters in the next three innings.
He ended up with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Brett Thomas pitched one scoreless inning. Dan Chambliss followed that up with a scoreless inning on the mound.
Tony Forcelledo allowed three runs and walked three in the ninth. Brian Reed walked one and gave up a run, but closed it out to put Sedalia at 23-11 this season.
The Bombers are now 1-1 against the A’s this season. The series continues at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dey Field and at 7 p.m. Sunday at Clarinda.