On the tail end of a six-game homestand, the Bombers pitched by committee Monday.
Louis Niemerg, who played third for the Bombers Saturday and Sunday, started on the game pitching Monday. He allowed two hits in the second, but stranded both runners on first and third during his three-inning stretch.
Aaron Armstrong tossed three scoreless, inducing two double plays to work around three baserunners. Dalton Christian followed in the seventh, allowing one run after pitching into a bases-loaded situation.
With the pitching staff sharing the load, Jordan Dey carried the Sedalia offense with 5 RBIs and a grand slam in a 9-3 victory over the Clarinda A’s.
Jordan, who chats with his grandfather Bill during games, said he got the same advice he usually gets.
“He just tells me, ‘Just hit the ball,’” Jordan said. “He’s always been there for me. That’s the greatest thing about having him around.”
Jordan charged a 3-2 fastball over the left field fence in the fourth to give Sedalia a 5-0 lead. Clarinda starter Mitch Gullickson surrendered the homer, and took the loss after four innings.
Batting as the designated hitter Monday, Jordan also drew first blood for in the Bombers name, scoring Justin Holt from third with a single in the first.
The Bombers (6-5) manufactured the run after leadoff single. Holt stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Jordan’s single.
Holt was 2-3 with an RBI, stolen base and hit by pitch. He scored three times.
“That’s what the team needs from me,” Holt said about his performance at leadoff. “That’s my game plan, just trying to get on base. Whether it’s getting hit in the head, or an infield ground ball or something like that, that’s what they need from me.”
Clarinda second baseman Mondesi Gutierrez scored the first A’s run in the seventh on a slow roller to third. There was no play for Jake Kistaitis. Christian struck out Wells Davis looking to end the inning.
The A’s got two more in the ninth off Brooks Luther. Dillon Millar led off with a single and scored on an Alex Henwood double that slipped by Alex Bee down the left field line. Henwood, who advanced to third on the error, scored on a Gutierrez sac fly.
Niemerg, who played third and pitched at Maryville University this spring, said he was prepared to do more two-way work with the Bombers. He said the most challenging part is taking care of his arm.
“I’ve been doing that since I was little, I guess,” Niemerg said about batting and pitching. “When you’re a two-way guy, it’s a lot more arm care. You’ve got to make sure you’re doing your arm care. If you don’t take care of your arm, there can be trouble with that.”
The Sedalia Bombers host the Ozark Generals at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the final game of their five-day homestand.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2