After completing a postponed doubleheader – finally – with the St. Joseph Mustangs, the Sedalia Bombers are again striking distance away from first place in the MINK League North division.
The Mustangs hold a two-game lead over the Bombers and three games over Chillicothe.
Evan Dodd turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Sedalia touched Mustang starter Matt Kilgore in the fourth inning for five runs on four hits, three walks and an error.
Quade Smith added one more in the fifth with an RBI single to score Devon Morrill, who led off with a single of his own.
Kilgore lasted seven innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks.
Louis Niemerg relived Dodd in the eighth inning. He shut out St. Joe for two frames, surrendering one hit. He struck out Davey Casciola looking to end the game.
Thursday’s victory was the first game between Sedalia and St. Joseph that did not exceed its allotted innings. The Bombers (12-7) are prepared to battle the Mustangs (16-7) all season for the MINK League North lead.
“They’re a pretty good team, well-coached” Smith said. “I feel like us and them are pretty much even in the league. We’re going to go after it for this one.”
Brady Anderson, catcher for Thursday’s nine-inning game, said the Mustangs are just as prepared to carry out a tradition of rivalry.
“It’s turned into a rivalry the past few years,” Anderson said. “We always play each other close. There’s an edge on each other’s shoulders when we play. So, yeah, it’s going to turn into a little summer-ball rivalry.”
The Bombers travel to Chillicothe on Friday to play the third-place Mudcats (11-7) at 7:05 p.m.
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