The Sedalia Bombers couldn’t manage much at the plate in the first five innings. In the sixth, the floodgates opened.
A Jonothan Ramon three-run homer started things off as the Bombers scored eight in the inning on the way to an 11-3 win over the Chillicothe Mudcats on Wednesday.
The Bombers entered the inning trailing 3-0 and had gotten their first hit of the game on a Jordan Dey single just the inning before. But in the sixth, an error and a single put Justin Holt and Trey Harris on base for Ramon who tied the game with one swing, putting the ball over the left-field wall.
“He threw me a first pitch changeup and got me to swing through it,” Ramon said. “I just made the adjustment thinking he was going to come back with another soft pitch, either slider or curveball and he threw a changeup middle-in and luckily I stayed on it and made a play for our team to get back int he game.”
Zac Lavy continued the rally by bunting his way on and after Dey doubled, Jack Mercer hit a double of his own to bring in two runs and put the Bombers ahead 5-3. Hunter Leeper followed with a double to make it 6-3 before Chillicothe could record an out in the inning. The Bombers added two more before the inning was over, Holt drove in Leeper with a single to right and Alex Del Rio scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Bombers added another run in the seventh when Dey scored on a sacrifice fly. They continued the scoring in the eighth. Lavy laced a double down the line in right to score Harris. Dey followed with a line drive to left to bring in Ramon. Dey was 4 for 5 at the plate.
“I finally changed my approach, me and coach have been working on a few things in the cage,” Dey said. “I’ve been slumping for a little bit but made a few adjustments and was finally able to get some good swings on the ball.”
Mudcats starter Robert Beltran was perfect for the first two innings and allowed nothing more than lead-off walks in the third and fourth. Dey broke up the no-hit bid with his leadoff single in the fifth, but Beltran struck out three straight batters to leave the runner stranded.
“Even through the first four innings when he was no hitting us, we still got a few good swings on the ball,” Ramon said. “We just made the adjustment, stayed with our approach and luckily our bats broke out in the fifth inning.”
Meanwhile, the Mudcats scratched through a few runs. A misplayed ball in right brought one in in the first, Billy Rockefeller hit a solo home run in the fourth and a two-out single in the fifth made it 3-0.
But starter Sam Perez kept the damage to a minimum, striking out 11 in six innings of work.