Sedalia Bombers rout Branson Nationals 14-3


By Alex Agueros - [email protected]



Justin Murphy winds up for a pitch Sunday at Dey Field at Liberty Park against the Branson Nationals. Murphy struck out nine batters in eight innings and allowed one run on three hits in a 14-3 victory over the Nationals.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Ben Whetstone rounds third and greets head coach Craig McAndrews after hitting his first home run of the season in the fourth inning Sunday against the Branson Nationals at Liberty Park in Sedalia. The Bombers offense collected 16 hits in a 14-3 victory over Branson.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

The Bombers re-acquired the lead Sunday with authority.

After two Justin Murphy walks and two Branson Nationals singles, Sedalia trailed by one after the first full inning.

Sedalia (19-12) struck back with runs in six successive innings, racking up 16 hits in a 14-3 victory at Dey Field in Liberty Park in Sedalia.

Jordan Dey gave the Bombers a lead they would not relinquish with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field.

Robert Cummins scored Devin Morrill with a double down the left-field line. Cummins reached home on a Quade Smith single to make it 4-1 in the third.

An inning later, Ben Whetstone pulled his first home run of the season high over the right field fence. The shot scored Alex Bee, who led off with a walk.

The Nationals nearly escaped the fifth with no damage, but a throwing error on a slow roller from Jonathan Ramon allowed Smith to score from second.

Whetstone said he was relieved to hit his first home run on a night when the rest of the offense blew up.

“It was a good day for the hitters,” Whetstone said. “We had a lot of good at-bats, a lot of good swings … It felt good.”

Murphy, who started at pitcher for the MINK League North in the All-Star game Saturday, went eight innings and struck out nine.

Sedalia piled seven runs on eight hits against Branson starter Cody Widman. Widman labored through five innings before Joey Humphrey relieved him. The Bombers put up six runs on Humphrey, and led 13-1 after a bases-loaded walk to Smith in the seventh inning.

Hayden Crowe entered the game to pitch for Branson in the eighth. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks.

As Branson ran out of pitching on the mound, the Bombers sent their bullpen to the plate. Brad Spinner, who has 23 strikeouts in 38 innings pitching for the Bombers, went down swinging in his first at-bat of the season. Blaine Fisher, in his fourth at bat of the summer, grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the eighth inning.

After the game, Spinner was sure about the number of plate appearances he would see this summer.

“One,” Spinner said. “I heard coach say ‘pitchers hitting’ and I put my pants on real quick.”

Aaron Armstrong entered the game with a 14-1 lead in the ninth. He surrendered two walks a two-run shot to Kyle Thurman before concluding the contest with a groundout to second.

The Bombers host the Nevada Griffons on Monday at 7 p.m. at Dey Field in Liberty Park in Sedalia.

Justin Murphy winds up for a pitch Sunday at Dey Field at Liberty Park against the Branson Nationals. Murphy struck out nine batters in eight innings and allowed one run on three hits in a 14-3 victory over the Nationals.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_0860.jpgJustin Murphy winds up for a pitch Sunday at Dey Field at Liberty Park against the Branson Nationals. Murphy struck out nine batters in eight innings and allowed one run on three hits in a 14-3 victory over the Nationals. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Ben Whetstone rounds third and greets head coach Craig McAndrews after hitting his first home run of the season in the fourth inning Sunday against the Branson Nationals at Liberty Park in Sedalia. The Bombers offense collected 16 hits in a 14-3 victory over Branson.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_0903.jpgBen Whetstone rounds third and greets head coach Craig McAndrews after hitting his first home run of the season in the fourth inning Sunday against the Branson Nationals at Liberty Park in Sedalia. The Bombers offense collected 16 hits in a 14-3 victory over Branson. Alex Agueros | Democrat

By Alex Agueros

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Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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