The Bombers needed a late rally in the ninth to overcome a dominant performance from Nevada Griffons starter Doug Malzahn and their own errors.
Robert Cummins, who went 3-for-4 Friday, provided the walk-off hit for Sedalia in a 3-2 victory. He sliced a Tyler Butcher curveball down the first-base line to score pinch-runner John Privitera and help the Bombers avoid a three-game losing streak.
It was an exciting yet peculiar rally, considering Bombers starter Justin Murphy took a no-hitter in to the eighth inning. The Bombers trailed 1-0 then, and Murphy would allow one more run on two hits and an error in the inning.
Cummins said he was just as aware of Murphy’s no-hit bid as he was the Bombers’ silent bats.
“It’s always on your mind when you get to the seventh inning and you see no hits on the board, but you don’t want to tell the pitcher that,” Cummins said. “He pitched really well, and Murph is one of our best pitchers, but, we just didn’t play well until the last couple innings. We’ve got to start hitting in the first and not the ninth.”
Cummins, starting at catcher, also threw out two runners in the second and provided a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning.
Murphy struck out seven batters in eight innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Two errors behind him in the third allowed one unearned run. Both teams committed three errors apiece.
Ryan Mantel committed one of those errors, whiffing on a backhand at third. The play allowed Justin Bennett, who reached on an error, to score from second.
Mantel, who joined the team for his first game Friday at around 2 p.m. after recovering from hand surgery, also provided the RBI to tie in the ninth. He scored Quade Smith on a single through the right side off Nevada reliever Tyler Butcher.
Mantel said his first game back provided its ups and downs.
“Well, I got off to a pretty rough start,” Mantel said. “I hadn’t played for a while, and getting back into the swing of things was kind of tough I guess. I got more comfortable as the game went along, and got a good pitch to hit.”
Cody Creed earned the win pitching a scoreless ninth. The Bombers (15-10) face Nevada on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.
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