Burke Echelmeier saved a sparkling performance the Bombers’ final regular-season home game.
The Alabama State junior pitched eight scoreless innings, surrendered two hits and struck out twelve in an 8-0 shutout Monday over the Chillicothe Mudcats at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Just 1/2 games separate the top three teams – St. Joseph, Chillicothe, and Sedalia – in first place in the MINK League North standings. The Bombers (25-13) inherited sole possession of first-place after Monday’s victory and a 7-4 St. Joseph Mustangs loss to the Joplin Outlaws.
Sedalia’s offense cooked, scoring in every inning but one on 13 hits, eight walks and five Mudcat errors.
Jonathan Ramon drove in three on a single in the eighth and groundout. He contributed on a pair of Bombers run in the second after a failed diving attempt from Mudcat right fielder Ryan Kayhill allowed Rob Cummins to score.
Cummins, who was 2-for-4, doubled home John Privitera three batters earlier.
The Bombers exhausted six Chillicothe pitchers. Ted Stuka lasted three innings and was relieved by Cameron Haynes. That pair allowed six runs, while Nick Gawley, Zach Douglas, Tim Nelson and Andrew Tammons allowed seven more in less than two innings apiece.
Sedalia batted around for five runs in the eighth inning. Cody Creed, a listed as a pitcher, drove in Devin Morrill who reached on an error.
After a doubleheader in Branson on Tuesday, the Bombers face Chillicothe on the road Saturday, July 23, and cap off their season with a make-up game against the Nevada Griffons. Sedalia has won six games in a row since a 6-5 loss to the Griffons July 11.
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