The 2014 Sedalia Bombers fell short in the MINK League Championship Series against St. Joseph and the 2015 Bombers found themselves chasing the Mustangs for a chance to play for a league title, falling short again.
Two games ended up separating Sedalia and St. Joseph in the North Division, and it was rain that ultimately ended the Bombers’ chase for the title.
The Bombers spent the summer trying to dodge rain drops, but the summer was filled with numerous rainouts and even make-up games for rainouts being rained out.
But the Bombers got 40 games in this summer, going 25-15.
There was a stretch when the Bombers played 12 games in nine days, including three straight doubleheaders.
“But at the same time so did everybody else,” said Bombers manager Craig McAndrews. “We went through with a good group of guys with a great attitude.”
McAndrews coached three of his William Woods players this summer, including senior pitchers Dylan Hastings and James Ball.
Hastings went 1-3 as a reliever, but had an ERA of 1.45. Ball appeared in 13 games, going 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA.
Hastings got time at the mound and at the plate during Wednesday’s season finale against the Kansas City Monarchs.
McAndrews also let University of Evansville senior outfielder Jarod Perry close out the game on the mound.
“It’s just fun to see some of those seniors like Perry and Hastings, the last time they’ll touch the field,” McAndrews said. “It’s kind of awesome. It’s good for them to move along with a lot of memories and I’m glad they came to Sedalia and created some memories for myself.”
Evansville’s Jonathan Ramon led the Bombers’ offense this summer, leading the team in home runs (10) and RBI (39).
William Woods’ Jordan Dey finished with a batting average of .299. He was second on the team with four home runs and 25 RBI.
Justin Holt led the team with a batting average of .348.
Six Bombers closed out the season with a batting average better than .300. The team average of .279 was second in the league behind Nevada and the 23 homers tied Branson for the league lead.
On the mound this summer, the wait for Sam Perez proved to be worth while. After joining the team late because of Missouri State’s postseason run, Perez went 6-0 with a 1.07 ERA.
Justin Murphey was close behind with a 5-1 record with a 1.84 ERA.
The Bombers were the only team in the league to have an ERA under three.
While the stats may have been good enough for a league title, the Bombers fell just short and will look for a trip to the title series next season.
“Second place in the North, not bad, it’s a very tough division,” McAndrews said. “It was a good summer. We came up short and hopefully next summer we’ll win the North.”
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.