Junior Bombers top Hickman

Jayce Simoncic delivers a pitch in the first inning Wednesday at Hickman. He struck out five in four innings on the mound.

Chance Spangler delivers a pitch Wednesday at Hickman. He pitched three innings in relief, allowing one run on three hits.

Sam Kindle connects on an RBI double in the fifth inning, one of two hits he had in the game.

COLUMBIA — The Junior Bombers picked up a win in one game before the second was washed away by rain, beating Hickman 5-1 on Wednesday.

Junior Bombers pitchers worked with the lead the entire way as their hitters gave them a run in the top of the first. Seth Fraley hit a one-out single and scored when Ryan Wood blooped a hit down the line in right.

The Junior Bombers (13-3) added to the lead in the third. Sam Kindle led off with a single, stole second and scored when Lane McFail singled up the middle. Lane McFail reached third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Jake McFail’s groundout.

Kindle came up with another hit in the fifth inning, hitting a double to the wall to drive in Brendan Volcko.

“It was a good fastball count,” he said. “I worked myself into it and I just saw the fastball immediately and I hit it.”

Seth Fraley drove in the final run with a single to right in the sixth to score Lane McFail.

“The team did pretty well at the plate,” Kindle said. “We got one in the first inning and then just kept it on from there.”

Junior Bombers manager Jimmy Brown saw patience at the plate as his team took pitches to wait on the right one.

“They’re swinging at strikes,” he said. “It’s really showing in the runs that we’re putting on the board.”

Jayce Simoncic started for the Junior Bombers and went four innings, striking out five and allowing no runs on five hits, all singles.

“Jayce has just been reliable on the mound,” Brown said. “Every time he’s on the pitcher’s mound, I just really feel we can put our best defense out on the field. Jayce’s breaking ball is doing well.”

Chance Spangler came on in relief. Hickman got to him for a run in the fifth when Jacob Marriott hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Isaiah Irwin. That was the only run Hickman would score as Spangler left Irwin stranded to end the fifth, worked around a lead-off walk in the sixth and struck out the final two batters of the game to leave two men stranded in the seventh.

The teams tried to continue in the second game with what began as light sprinkles, but the rain intensified in the bottom of the first and the teams were pulled off the field.

Sedalia Democrat
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