SEDALIA — The Joplin Outlaws completed a three-game sweep of the Sedalia Bombers with wins Monday and Tuesday night, 5-4 and 11-9 respectively, at Liberty Park Stadium.
In the contest Tuesday, Joplin started strong with five runs in the first and one in the second, then plated three in the sixth and two in the eighth. Sedalia scored four in the third and then made Joplin sweat the win by scoring five in the ninth.
Kaleb DeLaTorre applied his case for MINK League player of the week honors with his game Tuesday night — 4 for 4 with three runs scored, two doubles, one home run, and two RBI.
Alex Wheeler and Alec Capshaw each had two hits, while both Wheeler and Gavin Merriman drove in two runs.
Blake Wynn, Zack Ehlen, Andruw McKenzie, and Capshaw each had RBI and Capshaw and Ehlen each scored two runs and Wheeler, McKenzie, Merriman, and Austin Landis each scored one run. Landis worked a walk in the contest.
Tyler Gum earned the win and he allowed four runs (all earned) on four hits over 3 2/3 innings and he struck out two and walked three. Connor Gilles’ night of relief included the good, the bad, and the ugly, with four runs allowed (all earned) on two hits over 4 2/3 innings and he balanced eight strikeouts with five walks. Leonardo Castro came in for the final two outs and he earned the save, allowing one run (earned) on two hits and he struck out one and walked one.
Joplin improved to 15-22 in MINK League play, while Sedalia dropped to 23-14.
In the contest Monday night, Joplin trailed 4-3 entering the top of the seventh and scored two runs for the lead and the eventual win.
In that decisive seventh, Joseph Kinder led off a walk and it’s an unwritten rule in baseball that a leadoff walk will lead to trouble for the team in the field. With two outs, just as it may have seemed that Sedalia would escape from any scoreboard damage, Jeff Wetzler singled for two runners aboard and then Wynn took a 1-1 pitch to right, scoring Kinder and Wetzler. Wynn, though, was thrown out at third base 9-2-1-5.
Wynn had two hits in the contest and DeLaTorre, Ehlen, Kinder, and Wetzler each had one hit. Kinder drove in two runs and Wynn collected the other Outlaw RBI.
DeLaTorre, Ehlen, Wheeler, Kinder, and Wetzler each scored a run.
On the mound, Jacob Compton earned the win in relief and he allowed one run (earned) on two hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked none, proving to have sharp control with 42 strikes on 65 total pitches.
Quest Mock took a no-decision, helped out by the Outlaws offense. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits over 4 2/3 innings and he struck out five and walked four.
The Outlaws took Wednesday off before a Thursday doubleheader against the Jefferson City Renegades.