VERSAILLES — The Junior Bombers scored 18 runs in nine innings Wednesday against the Sedalia Travelers, and the scoring continued to rack up Thursday as they beat Versailles 9-2 in six innings in game one and 8-4 in six innings in game two.
Wednesday’s game had a combined run total of 31.
“I’ve never played in a game combined for 31 runs, but it was a long, tough, hard-fought game and it was a real good opponent and we were lucky to come out with a victory,” said Junior Bombers’ Dylan Cooper.
An hour and 45-minute limit was put on Thursday’s games, which ended them after six innings.
Chance Spangler and Cooper provided much of the offense in game one, each getting three hits. Spangler drove in the first run of the game when he singled down the left-field line to score Ben Smeltzer. Spangler also brought in the final run of the game, hitting a grounder to left field to score Brenden Volko. Spangler ended up at second base because the outfielder didn’t throw the ball in quick enough.
“He’s starting to hit the ball,” said Junior Bombers coach Jimmy Brown. “He went through a little spell there, but now he’s starting to hit the ball.”
Spangler also started on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out four. Versailles got to him early with a leadoff homer to left field in the first inning. The ball ended up across highway 52 in the driveway of the school.
“It was a high fast ball and he turned on it,” Spangler said. “That’s all I can say about that one.”
Spangler only allowed two hits after the home run.
“I just kind of got loose,” Spangler said. “I’ve only thrown a couple innings this summer, but I’m just getting back in a groove.”
Brendan Owsley singled up the middle to drive in another run to give Versailles a 2-1 lead.
The Junior Bombers scored the final eight runs of the game.
“We knew the hits would start to come and we just had to put a few together and try to put some runs up there,” Cooper said.
Cooper started his three-hit game with a triple to the gap in right in the second inning to drive in Jake McFail.
“I was just trying to see the ball well out of the hand and put a good swing on it and hope it found a hole,” Cooper said.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, Cooper singled to right field to allow Spangler and Ryan Wood to score to make it 7-2.
Sam Kindle and Volko recorded the other two hits for the Junior Bombers.
Sam’s fly ball to shallow centerfield drove in Cooper to make it 4-2 in the fourth.
Sam later went to second on an error, went to third on Volko’s groundout and scored on a wide throw to third base.
Volko doubled to the gap in right in the sixth to drive in Sam, who walked and advanced to second and third on two wild pitches.
Sam said he was a “speed demon” during Wednesday’s first game.
With a 6-4 lead in game two, Jake doubled to left and took third on the throw home. Cooper scored to put the Junior Bombers up 7-4.
Jake ended up scoring on a wild pitch to make it 8-4.