If any 4-2 outcome in a baseball game can be described as “win-win,” the Sedalia Bombers’ first victory of the season could fit the bill.
Nobody jinxed any of the Nevada Griffon pitchers out of a no-hitter, and the Bombers earned a 4-2 victory anyway. Call it a win-win at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Head coach Craig McAndrews said he was pleasantly surprised after the game, and had never been a part of such a unique result.
“In the sixth inning, I said, ‘Fellas, we’re going to win a game and have a no-hitter thrown against us,” McAndrews said. “We looked up, it was the eighth inning, and we didn’t have a hit!
“I told the guys it’s not a recipe for success, obviously, but a win’s a win and we got the monkey off our back.”
The Bombers offense drew 10 walks and took a 4-2 lead off Nevada pitcher Adam Bosh. Two walks for the top of the order, Justin Holt and Quade Smith scored after a Robert Cummins sacrifice bunt pulled Ethaniel Valdez, covering at first, off the bag. Smith advanced to third on the error and scored on a balk.
After Evan Dodd opened the game with two strikeouts, John Privitera was charged with an error after a Tyler Pagano hard liner to Privitera’s left deflected off his glove. Pagano stole second, and scored on a Kainalu Pitory RBI single. Judah Zickafoose had an RBI single after Pitory stole second to make the game 2-0 in the first.
The Griffons would be held scoreless for the remainder of the evening. Dodd pitched 5 2/3 and struck out six. Tyler Hutchinson relieved Dodd with the bases loaded, and struck out Connor Pomering to end the threat.
The Sedalia Bombers return home Monday to face the Ozark Generals at 7 p.m.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2