The Sedalia Bombers began Championship Week in the National Baseball Congress World Series versus the Santa Barbara Foresters, this afternoon (Aug. 2) with a loss 5-3.
The Bombers and Foresters were scoreless for the first two innings, before the Foresters were able to score a run in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings off Bombers pitcher Winston Lavendier.

The  Foresters were led by thier pitcher, Jon Duplantier, who had nine strikeouts. Duplantier allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks over seven innings.

Robert Prieto led the Bombers at the plate. Prieto went 3-4 and drove in one.
Winston Lavendier (1-1) took the loss for the Sedalia (MO) Bombers. He lasted eight innings, walked one, struck out six, and allowed five runs.
The Bombers did try to mount a comeback in their traditional comeback innings during the regular season. The Bombers trailed 5-1 in the ninth inning. The Bombers scored two times, thanks to some wild pitching by the Foresters, since they hit three of the Bombers batters. Prieto and Jess Cartner were on first second, with the winning run at the plate in Tony Sandifer, with two outs. The Foresters reliever, Troy Cruz struck out Sandifer and the game ended 5-3.
The Bombers are not eliminated from the National Baseball Congress World Series, even though this is their second loss. With this being Championship Week, the double elimination starts all over again. The Bombers will play Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners on Sunday, August 3 at around 10:30 am.
The Goldpanners lost to the other MINK League team, St. Joseph Mustangs 4-2.


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