The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 27, 2012

Outlaws top Sedalia

SEDALIA, Mo. — Three Joplin pitchers combined to scatter eight hits and Ben Smith had three safeties to lead the Outlaws past the Sedalia Bombers 2-1 in the MINK League at Liberty Park Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Bombers visit Joplin at 7 tonight for a nine-inning game at Wendell Redden Stadium.

The Outlaws (12-12 overall and 10-12 in the MINK) erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Pitchers Jon Woodcock, left-hander who started and worked five innings, and right-handed relievers Eddie Smith and Ethan Mather made the tenuous advantage stand up.

“We had another quality start out of Jon (Woodcock),” Joplin coach Rob Vessell said. “Smith and Mather came out of the pen and did a great job.”

Mather finished by striking out three in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed one hit but didn’t walk anyone.

Woodcock yielded five hits, struck out two and walked one. He allowed a solo home run by Pierce Bily. Smith permitted two hits but struck out two and didn’t yield a pass in 1 2/3 innings.

Smith scored a run and drove in one. Kyle Dickens and Taylor Eaves, hiking his average to .405, each added two hits. Dickens had the other RBI and Zack Steadman scored the run.

“We couldn’t bunch many of our hits (10 in all),” Vessell said. “But we did enough on offense.”

Sedalia received two hits apiece from Bily and Kolby Peebles.

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