The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

June 15, 2012

Outlaws fall at Sedalia

SEDALIA, Mo. — Catcher Cody Webster went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to power the Sedalia Bombers past the Joplin Outlaws 4-1 Thursday night at Liberty Park in MINK League South Division baseball action.

Curtiss Bunch contributed two extra-base hits and scored three runs as the Bombers (4-4) avenged a 6-2 loss Wednesday night in Joplin.

The Outlaws (9-7, 8-7 MINK South) are idle tonight. They open an eight-game homestand at 7 p.m. Saturday with a nonleague game against Rossville on MDA Night. The final seven games are league games — three against both Omaha and Chillicothe and one against Nevada.

Joplin was limited to five hits, three of them by Cody Ball. Ball belted his first home run of the season in the second inning to account for the Outlaws’ lone run.

The Bombers’ John Miles, who went 4-2 this season for the Missouri Tigers, worked seven innings for the victory.

“It was the first time we’ve seen a guy who was able to command all three pitches in a fastball count and be able to throw them for strikes,” Joplin coach Rob Vessell said. “He kept us off balance.

“It was a good baseball game. It could have gone either way.”

Webster, the Bombers’ No. 8 hitter, raised his season batting average to .300 with his four hits.

After Ball’s homer, Sedalia answered with two runs in the bottom of the second.

Koby Peebles singled, moved to third on a double by Bunch and scored the tying runs on Dylan Mays’ groundout to shortstop. Webster then singled home the go-ahead run.

Bunch tripled with one out in the fourth and scored on Webster’s single, and in the eighth, Bunch reached on an error and later scored on a Webster single.

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