The Clarinda A’s had 18 hits and the Sedalia Bombers left 12 runners stranded in Saturday’s 10-6 loss at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Tony Sandifer scored in the fifth inning when Jonathan Ramon was hit by a pitch, which tied it up at four apiece. Shain Showers then grounded out to leave the bases loaded.
“Without question I know we left a lot of guys in scoring position on the bags,” Showers said. “All day long. We just kind of missed that big two-out hit. We had some good ones, but just none to really break it open.”
Hunter Leeper’s hard grounder to third base hopped away from the Clarinda fielder to allow Ramon to score in the eighth inning, but Sandifer popped out to the catcher and Alex Bee struck out to strand the bases loaded a second time.
The A’s and Bombers were trading leads through five innings, but Clarinda scored six of the final eight runs of the game. The A’s scored in six innings, while the Bombers scored in five innings.
“They just hit the ball all night,” manager Jud Kindle said about Clarinda. “When you have 18 hits and play solid defense and have a good pitching performance you usually pick up a victory.”
The Bombers did have two errors, but the defense helped limit Clarinda’s offense in the early innings.
Ramon tagged out Zack Belanger, who was trying to advance to third on Justin Smith’s single to left field, for the second out of the first inning. Tyler Tuepker got Mitchell Price to fly out to end the threat.
In the second inning, second baseman Trey Hair chased Gavin Golsan back to first base during a rundown and tagged him out when he started to slide. A run scored on the play, but a second run was prevented because of the out.
Ramon snagged a grounder at third base in the third inning, stepped on the bag for one out and threw to first for the double play. The next batter doubled to drive in one run an make it 3-2 Clarinda.
The Bombers turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the fourth inning. But the A’s scored once in the fifth, twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth to run away with the win.
Showers thought he had the second out of the second inning when he appeared to tag Danny Matienzo in the face when he was attempting to go to second base, but was called safe.
“Definitely in the face,” Showers said. “I apologized because I felt bad. These umps are trying their best. They are going to make good calls and bad calls. It’s just part of the game.”
Tuepker allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings on the mound. Preston Tarkington and Brett Thomas combined to allow six runs in 2 1/3 innings. Reese Taylor pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.
The Bombers won Sunday’s game against Clarinda 6-2, holding the lead the entire game, which started with three runs in the first inning by the Bombers’ Trey Hair, Tony Sandifer and Alex Bee.
The season series ends today at 7 p.m. at Clarinda. The Bombers return home Monday to face the Branson Nationals at 7 p.m.