The Junior Bombers hadn’t taken the field in 12 days, but they were able to knock the rust off in an 11-9 win over the Rick Ball Ford Post 642 Aux. American Legion team Tuesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
A series of rainouts keeping them from playing for nearly two weeks did not stop them from knocking out nine hits as they extended their winning streak to nine games.
The Junior Bombers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Rick Ball Ford got back into the game with nine runs in the last three innings.
“What started their rallies were walks,” said Junior Bombers manager Jimmy Brown. “I keep preaching to the kids, you walk them, they’re going to score runs. But we were able to battle back. We hit the ball well.”
The final two Juniors runs came on a Corbin Reese RBI single with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth. Reese represented the tying run at second, but he was left stranded there when a strikeout ended the game.
Junior Bombers pitcher Jayce Simoncic held Rick Ball Ford in check for the first four innings, allowing no runs on one hit.
“Jayce pitched really well,” Brown said. “The ball was moving. He pitched four innings and we just wanted to get him back in the groove and get him ready for this weekend in Warrensburg for the tournament.”
The Juniors got on the board with four runs in the seventh as back-to-back walks opened the inning and a Tristan Jackson single brought in Reese. The Juniors loaded the bases and scored runs on a Corbin Mertgen bloop single and a wild pitch before Tyler Abney beat out an infield single with two outs to score Mertgen.
The Junior Bombers got the runs back in the top of the eighth. Back-to-back-to-back doubles by Lane McFail, Ben Smeltzer and Seth Fraley scored two runs and wild pitched brought in two more.
The Juniors answered again in the eighth as a bloop single brought in Clayton Meyer and Connor Harms and Abney followed with RBI singles.
In the bottom of that inning, the Junior Bombers scored again, getting a sacrifice fly from Brace.
A throwing error brought in Sam Kindle with the first run of the game in the third. They added one moments later as Kolin Brace scored on a wild pitch.
“It doesn’t take baseball skill to focus and it doesn’t take baseball skill to compete,” said Juniors manager Brent Hodge. “We had some instances (Tuesday) where we couldn’t do either of those at the same time. Any time that happens, the other team is going to take advantage of it.”
Noah Azierre then doubled in Wood in the fourth. They got one in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Kindle. In the top of the seventh, Volcko lined a pitch off the third baseman’s glove into left to score Simoncic and Kindle doubled in Volcko.