Runs were easy to come by Wednesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park as the Junior Bombers beat the Sedalia Travelers 18-13.
“Some nights are like that,” said Junior Bombers coach Jimmy Brown. “Everybody was hitting the ball. The ball was coming off the bat hard (Wednesday).”
It was a back and forth battle with the Junior Bombers leading after scoring three in the first and taking the lead back in the fourth with six runs and never surrendering it.
Defense and pitching completed a good start for the Junior Bombers. Grant Huhmann forced two flyouts and got a strikeout in the bottom of the first.
Brenden Volko dove forward to catch Brice Pannier’s fly ball to lead off the bottom of the first.
But the Travelers’ bats picked up after that.
Jordan Schlueter laid down a bunt in the second inning and reached first on an error. A run scored on the play to make it 3-1 Junior Bombers.
Jake Kindle then lined one to left to drive in a run and Gable Dull doubled to deep left field to tie it up at 3-3.
Dom Zerilli gave the Travelers their first lead in the third when he crushed a two-run homer to left field.
“He took a pretty good hack and squared it up and getting the lead back was big in that part of the game,” said Travelers coach Jade Samborski.
The lead didn’t last long as the Junior Bombers scored six in the fourth to take a 9-5 lead. Huhmann’s single past the shortstop drove in two to cap off the inning’s scoring.
The lead eventually reached 14-6 after both team’s scored a run in the fifth and the Junior Bombers scored four in the sixth.
The Travelers’ rally began in the sixth. Dull, Pannier and Gehrig Taylor each singled in a run and another came across on a wild pitch to make it 14-10.
But the rally didn’t last long as a passed ball in the seventh made it 15-10 and Simoncic cleared the bases on a double deep to left field to make it 18-10.
“I thought late in the game we could get a couple on the board for them and maybe get a couple crooked numbers up for us and come back to win, but they kept on hitting the ball,” Samborski said.
The Travelers started another rally in the bottom of the seventh with three runs. A throwing error to third base scored one and Taylor’s slow grounder up the middle drove in two.
The Travelers had runners on the corners in the eighth, but a strikeout and throw out ended the inning.
On the mound, Huhmann was able to last 5 1-3 innings. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits. Jayce Simoncic came in for relief.
“He probably could have went another inning or two, but it’s humid,” Brown said. “It’s hot and he was gasping a little out there.”
Jake Kindle started for the Travelers, allowing eight runs on eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Kelchner, Zerilli, Pannier and Dull came in for relief.