The game unraveled for Sedalia’s Brad Spinner in the sixth inning.
Nursing a no-hit bid (having allowed one run on errors and groundouts), Spinner surrendered five hits, a 2-run homer and the lead. The Bombers’ bullpen would bleed more runs in a 10-3 loss to the Chillicothe Mudcats in their MINK League season opener.
“He just ran out of gas,” head coach Craig McAndrews said. “We made two errors behind him, and when you make two errors and you leave a ball up, it’s 5-2.”
It was 5-2 after Nick Banman drove Spinner’s 2-out offering over the right field fence to give Chillicothe their first lead. Three straight hits scored two Mudcat runs preceding Banman’s home run.
Caleb Bounds allowed two runs in seven innings for Chillicothe, striking out five to earn the win. Spinner lasted six innings and struck out five.
McAndrews said the Bombers will deliver a better product soon. Six players on the roster, including staff ace and second baseman Ryan Phillips and Jonathan Ramon – last year’s MINK league home run leader – are still playing for their respective college baseball teams or are enrolled in a summer class.
“We didn’t throw enough strikes today and we didn’t play great defense,” McAndrews said. “But we have 59 games left. That’s how I look at it.”
Robert Cummins recorded the first hit of the season for Sedalia in the first inning. Brad Spinner struck out Preston Faulier looking to start the game.
John Priviterr, who was 2-3 with a walk, led off the third with a single. Sedalia scored him after a sacrifice bunt and groundout.
Bomber’s third baseman Brandon Metoyer was charged with two errors in the first four innings. A Nick Gawley liner glanced off Metoyer’s glove and leaped high and behind him in the fourth.
Gawley errantly knocked Metoyer in the head with his cleat advancing to third on a grounder to the short. Metoyer returned after a minutes-long checkup, and Gawley tagged up after Quade Smith flagged down a drive into the left-center gap.
Tyler Hutchison relieved Spinner in the seventh inning, allowing a single and retiring three straight. Aaron Armstrong entered the game in the eighth and loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. A wild pitch and passed ball scored two runs.
Chillicothe scored three more in the ninth off Brooks Luther to make the score 10-2. Smith had an RBI single in the ninth off Zach Smith before Jack Mercer, pinch hitting, struck out swinging to end the game.
The Bombers face the St. Joseph Mustangs on the road Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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