The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 28, 2012

Outlaws erupt in win over Sedalia

The Joplin outlaws unloaded 17 hits  on Wednesday night at Wendell Redden Stadium, topping the Sedalia Bombers 13-7 to sweep a home-and-home series.

Leadoff hitter Zack Steadman led the Outlaws with five hits and two RBI.

 “I was really just looking for the fastball and things fell into place,” Steadman said. “It was a good night.”

The Outlaws are now 13-12 (11-12 MINK) win the win.

Joplin scored early, scoring a run in each of their first three innings, but soon gave the lead back to the Bomber. Sedalia came back with runs in the fourth and fifth innings off RBI singles from Curtis Bunch and Pierce Bily, grabbing a 4-3 lead after the top of the fifth.

The Outlaws immediately came back in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs off only four hits, and held the lead for the rest of the game. Steadman, second baseman Jimmy Obermark, and right fielder Kyle Dickens all drove in runs in the fifth.

“We were due for a night like this,” Outlaws coach Rob Vessell said. “We’ve been struggling for the past week and a half scoring runs, and this performance will hopefully give us a boost.”

Joplin scored two more runs in the sixth with hits from Steadman and Obermark. Sedalia scored its final three runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Outlaws, who responded with two more runs in the bottom of that inning, including a home run from pinch hitter Conner Wilson.

“We just came up with key hits with runners in position,” Vessell said. “It felt good to get a win like this.”

The Outlaws host Nevada tonight at 7.

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