The Sedalia Bombers dominated the Ozark Generals 9-0 on Saturday at Liberty Park Stadium to capture the 2018 MINK League title, their third championship in the club’s history.
It was a fitting end to an impressive series, which itself wrapped up an uncompetitive postseason that saw the first seed Bombers (29-16 MINK) sweep all of their playoff opponents.
The Bombers beat the Clarinda A’s 10-1 on Thursday and beat the Generals 8-6 on Friday to set the stage for their triumphant win.
Perhaps the most telling statistic in the championship game was the lopsided hitting totals for either team. The Generals (28-18 MINK) managed only four sporadic hits over the course of nine innings while the Bombers compiled 12 hits across nine of the 10 batters to take the plate.
The Bombers scored in bunches throughout the game, gaining steam as they aimed to bury the Generals under a barrage of scoring late.
The first points were scored in the third, as Sedalia finally broke through for two runs with the help of defensive errors from the the Generals, following a couple of promising innings that yielded no runs.
The next scoring bundle occurred a few innings later in the sixth, punctuated by two runs driven in by a pair of singles from Gavin Jones and Ashanti Wheatley and yet another error from the Generals as the Bombers took a five-run lead.
The eighth inning was an egregious nail in the coffin that had already been all but sealed shut, piling on four more runs to bring the score to the final total. The team peppered Ozark just as it had all day with well-placed, timely singles to take advantage of the litany of runners in scoring position.
On the defensive end, pitcher Dakota Stone led the charge for the Bombers. His seven strikeouts and only three hits allowed through seven innings allowed Sedalia to keep the pressure on the opposition offensively and stymie any attempt at a comeback.
The Bombers have won two championships in the past three years. Sandwiched in between their titles is the Mustangs’ crown in 2017.