ST. JOSEPH — The MINK League All-Star Game at Phil Welch in St. Joseph, Missouri provided a handful of Sedalia Bombers with the opportunity to play in front of about a dozen scouts and earn bragging rights for the second half of the season.
Four Bombers started for the MINK League North All-Stars: Robert Cummins at first base, Alex Bee at catcher, Quade Smith in center field and Justin Murphy was selected to start at pitcher for the North.
Jonathan Ramon, Dalton Horstmeier, Evan Dodd and Blaine Fisher were selected as non-starters on the All-Star team.
Murphy pitched two scoreless innings and registered one strikeout. He said he was excited to be an All-Star, and that throwing in front of scouts was a mutual goal among college ballplayers.
“I think that’s what any player at this level wants,” Murphy said.
The North All-Stars scored five runs in the third inning to break a scoreless tie. Cummins drove in a couple runs in the rally on a one-out single.
Cummins said he had a relaxed approach to working out and playing in front of scouts.
“You never really know what scouts are going to be there,” Cummins said. “You just show up, and if the dudes show up, then the dudes show up. It’s all about just going out there, and putting all you have into it.”
Smith, who singled and stole a base in the first inning, shared the matter-of-fact attitude.
“You just take the same approach that you’ve been taking to get to this point,” Smith said.
After a four-run seventh inning, the MINK League North All-Stars defeated South 9-2.
The Bombers are 18-11 at the break after winning two of their last three on the road. Their only loss came at the hands of the division-leading St. Joseph Mustangs, 10-9, on July 4.
Sedalia returns to the field Friday in Ozark at 6 p.m. to face the Generals.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2