Jordan Dey delivered a two-run homer to left in the first inning and Jonathan Ramon matched it with a two-run shot to left in the sixth to help the Sedalia Bombers beat the Branson Nationals 10-9 in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
The Bombers led 2-0 in the second inning of game two before heavy rain forced the game to be cancelled.
The doubleheader was scheduled to make up a previously rained out game.
Zach Lavy’s sac fly to right field in the first inning got the first run on the board. Ramon then reached on an error and Dey drove him in with the home run to make it 3-0.
The Bombers led 4-0 after two, but Branson took the lead with five in the third inning.
A Kolby Follis fly ball over Jarod Perry’s head drove in a run. Kasey Cooper made it 4-3 with a two-RBI double. A groundout and a bunt single gave Branson a 5-4 lead.
The Bombers took an 8-5 lead after four, but Branson regained the lead with four in the fifth to take a 9-8 lead before Ramon blasted a two-run homer to left to give the Bombers the lead back.
“I just had to make the adjustment of getting my foot down earlier and just adjust to what he was throwing so he threw me a second pitch fastball and I was right on it,” Ramon said.
Christopher Mancha closed it out with three strikeouts and a walk in the seventh. He pitched two hitless innings.
Ryan Lee started the game, allowing nine runs on eight hits and striking out four.
McAndrews said he left Lee in to preserve the pitching staff for the busy upcoming schedule.
The Bombers will plays at Joplin today and Saturday, and at Nevada on Sunday before returning home Monday against Ozark. They also play at Clarinda and at Ozark Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
A mix up with Thursday’s lineup of game one took away an opportunity for the Bombers to score in the third inning.
Stewart Nelson batted before Travis Tokarek, so Nelson’s single that put runners on the corners with one out was nullified. An out was issued and Dey had to return to first base. Nelson then hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
“My head coach at William Woods would be laughing at me,” McAndrews said. “Every single day I wrote the lineup and he’d always tell me to have the lineup in my hand next to the board. We always write a board and a lineup and he says check it before you go out there. I always do it, but (Thursday) I didn’t do it.”
But in the end the Bombers made up for it.
Lavy singled in two runs in the fourth to give the Bombers a 6-5 lead. Justin Holt then scored on a Ramon flyout and Lavy scored on a Dey single to left to make it 8-5.
“The guys in the middle have been swinging with the RBI’s and that’s what you want,” McAndrews said. “The guys at the top are getting on and the guys at the bottom are producing.”