Even though the Sedalia Bombers weren’t able to end their season in the MINK League title game, they still finished off the summer having fun with the lineup and getting a 7-5 win against the Kansas City Monarchs at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Up 6-3 after three innings, the Bombers got to see how their pitchers could do at the plate and in the field.
Dylan Hastings, Ryan Wedermeyer and James Ball strung together three straight singles to load the bases.
“He’s been telling me he can hit and he had two hits (Wednesday),” Bombers manager Craig McAndrews said of Hastings.
Sam Perez then struck out, but Dalton Christian walked to allow Hastings to score.
Leland Tilley then struck out to end the inning, leaving the Bombers with a 7-3 lead.
“It was fun,” said Bombers outfielder Chance McMullin. “We just came out here and decided to have fun (Wednesday).”
The pitchers then took the field for whoever they pinch hit for, leaving McMullin and catcher Jack Mercer as the only non-pitchers in the field.
The experiment actually went well, with the group only committing one error.
The Bombers also put two of their fielders on the mound, first baseman Jordan Dey, third baseman Hunter Leeper and outfielder Jarod Perry.
“They all pitched in high school so I knew they’d throw strikes,” McAndrews said. “I didn’t know how hard it would be, if they had any curveballs, but I told them just to throw strikes.”
Dey pitched one scoreless inning, only giving up a single.
Dey helped build Sedalia’s lead with a two-run home run over the Dey Field sign in center field in the third inning to make it 6-3.
Leeper took the mound in the eighth inning, only allowing one runner to reach base.
Perry allowed one run in the ninth.
After the Bombers made it 7-3 in the fourth with Christian’s walk, Cam Messerschmidt singled in Fernando Esquivel to make it 7-4.
The Monarchs added one run in the ninth.
The Monarchs scored the first three runs of the game in the third inning. Two runs scored when Sherman Thomas reached on an error and a third scored on Esquivel’s single to right field.
A Justin Holt triple in the bottom of the third scored Stewart Nelson and McMullin to get the Bombers within a run.
Perry hit a liner to center for a single to drive in Holt and Trey Harris doubled to deep left field to score Perry.
Dey’s two-run homer capped off the six-run inning.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.