From staff reports
SEDALIA, Mo. —
The bus transporting the Joplin Outlaws broke down on Friday.
Things didn’t get any better for the Outlaws after the game started one hour later than scheduled as the Sedalia Bombers grabbed a quick six-run lead en route to a 9-0 victory at Liberty Park Stadium.
The Outlaws and Bombers meet again tonight at 7 before Joplin returns home for a nonleague game against Tulsa at 5 p.m. Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium.
The Bombers collected 18 hits — half of them in the first three innings when they built a 6-0 advantage.
Nick Delorenze went 4-for-5 to lead Sedalia, and Cody Webster had three hits and three runs batted in.
Joplin had nine hits, including a single and double by Zac Stewart and two singles by Zach Barton. But the Outlaws stranded eight baserunners — five in the last two innings.
The Bombers batted around in while jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first against Travis Jackson.
Zach Weigel led off with a double, moved to third on Mylz Jones’ groundout and scored on Delorenze’s single. Tony Sandifer walked with two outs, and singles by Ty White and Curtis Bunch produced the final three runs of the inning.
Wiegel also singled to start the second inning, stole second and third and scored on Delorenze’s sacrifice fly to left.
The Bombers made it 6-0 in the third when White singled with one out, stole second and scored on Webster’s single.
Webster drove in two more runs with a home run in the seventh inning off reliever Trey Watson.
Jackson allowed 11 hits and six runs in 32⁄3 innings, and Watson yielded seven hits and fanned two in the last 41⁄3 innings.
Sedalia starter Robert Greco fanned six, walked none and allowed six hits in six innings. The Outlaws had three hits — singles by Colton Krokroskia and Nick Moore and a double by Stewart — in Greco’s final inning but failed to score.
Reliever Danny Chambliss allowed a hit and a walk in two innings, and Zac Anstine survived a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the ninth to preserve the shutout.