The losing streak ended Saturday for the Sedalia Bombers as they beat the Clarinda A’s 7-2 at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
The Bombers had lost two straight after winning five of six.
Sunday’s game against St. Joseph went into extra innings with the score tied 5-5.
Jerry Houston singled in Jacob Richardson to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.
The Bombers stranded runners at first and third in the bottom of the inning, resulting in a 6-5 loss and putting them two games behind the Mustangs in the MINK League North standings.
A trio of pitchers held Clarinda in check. Sam Perez limited the A’s to three hits in seven innings on the mound. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed two runs.
The A’s struck first on Perez when Austin Green hit a solo shot to left-center field in the second inning.
Dakota Woods’ single up the middle drove in Clayton Daniel to put the A’s up 2-0 in the third, but Perez wouldn’t allow a hit in four straight innings.
James Ball then struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Dylan Hastings retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the win.
“It’s been fun to play behind them because they make the game easier to play,” said Bombers outfielder Trey Harris said.
Hunter Leeper led off the third inning with a triple and two errors helped Sedalia tie the game.
Stewart Nelson reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, allowing Leeper to score.
Jarod Perry reached on a fielding error by the second baseman that allowed Nelson to score.
The Bombers got runners at first and third in the fourth, but a 5-4-3 double play ended the inning.
But Sedalia took the lead in the fifth when Jonathan Ramon reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, allowing Leeper to score and giving Sedalia a 3-2 lead.
The Bombers once again had two runners on in the sixth, but Jack Mercer was caught in a rundown between first and second base and was tagged out to end the inning.
But Sedalia scored three in the seventh and one in the eighth to pull away from the A’s.
Perry hit an infield single with one out in the seventh, stole second base and went to third on a wide throw to second base. He then scored on a passed ball to make it 4-2.
A Ramon single, a Harris triple and a Jordan Dey single brought home two more runs.
“I decided just to hit it hard,” Harris said. “With a runner on first with two outs, we had the lead already, I had nothing to lose but to really get after it.”
The Bombers loaded the bases in the eighth and Mercer scored when Justin Holt walked. A 6-4-3 double play ended the inning.
After Sunday’s game with St. Joseph, the Bombers are set to host the KC Monarchs at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a non-league game. Sedalia will visit St. Joseph on Thursday to end the regular season.
The Bombers are trying to schedule Ozark and Nevada before Wednesday.
The MINK League Championship has been changed to one game instead of a best-of-three series. It will be played Friday.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.