The Sedalia Bombers season is not over quite yet.
Due to widespread rainouts throughout the league, teams are still scrambling to try to reschedule games. The Bombers will visit the Ozark Generals at 7 p.m. Tuesday. They will then close the MINK League season at St. Joseph on Thursday. They also have a non-league game against the Kansas City Monarchs at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Bombers tried but were unable to reschedule a rained out game against the Nevada Griffons.
The MINK League Championship has been pushed back and reduced from the usual three-game series to a single game on Friday. Nevada is in control of the South Division. The Bombers have an outside shot to win the North, but need to win their two remaining league games including a win at St. Joseph and need the Mustangs to lose to Nevada on Tuesday.
“We’ve got to take care of business in our next two games,” said Bombers manager Craig McAndrews. ” …. If we can win two, we might be in position if St. Joe loses, be in position still to win the North Division.”
The Mustangs lead Sedalia in the North Division standings after pulling out a 6-5 win over the Bombers in 10 innings on Sunday at Liberty Park. The Bombers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, then rallied from 5-3 down to tie it again and had the go-ahead run on in the eighth and ninth before St. Joseph scored in the top of the 10th. The Bombers left Chance McMullin stranded on third in the bottom of the 10th with what would have been the tying run.
“As we go down the stretch, you have to have a short memory,” McAndrews said. “You can’t live in the past and you can control what’s in front of you right now. It was a good game, it was a good college game and we came up a little short but at the same time, we still have a chance to win the league.”
Doubleheader splits with Nevada and Branson and a sweep of Joplin had the Bombers within striking distance of the top of the division last week before losses to the Generals and Mudcats Thursday and Friday and the 10-inning loss Sunday put the Mustangs squarely in the driver’s seat for the North title.
The Bombers host the Monarchs on Wednesday, a team from the Kansas City Amateur Baseball Association which often plays non-league games against MINK League teams. The Bombers will also be honoring host families on Wednesday.
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