With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th, Farmington pinch-hitter Aaron Bynington sent a shot up the middle off pitcher Dan Robbins that scored left fielder Travis Thurston for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run.
The 10-inning affair was marred by ejections and an unusual umpire walk-
out that stalled the game for several minutes, but the players managed to put on a performance that kept the focus on them and the game.
"The game itself was very good," said Bombers head coach Matt Marshall. "Both teams played very well. Anytime the game gets into extra innings and comes down to a single run like that, it's exciting."
Starting pitchers Adam Harper of the Bombers and Jeff Scott of the Firebirds both gave brilliant efforts -- neither hurler allowing a run in the first five innings.
In that stretch, Harper (6 1/3 innings, 3 runs, 2 strikeouts) allowed four hits and gave up no walks, while Scott (10 innings, 3 runs, 8 strikeouts) was only touched for two hits on two walks and four strikeouts.
"Pitching was solid on both sides," said Marshall. "One little mistake here and there makes the difference in a game like that. But these are the kinds of games you really want to see and be a part of."
Firebirds head coach Stan Walden felt his pitcher simply continued to do a solid job like the whole staff has all season.
"Our pitching has been really solid all year," said Walden. "That's been the big key for our success. As long as we can do that and only give up two or three runs in a game, we got a chance to win."
Farmington struck first in the top of the sixth when Thurston scored his first of three runs on the night when he crossed home from third on a fielder's choice by catcher Lucas Hulsey.
The Bombers (10-15) answered right back, however, when center fielder Jared Elmore surprised everyone by stealing home with one out.
Later in the inning, coach Marshall and left fielder Ingel Silva of Venezuela were ejected for arguing with the home plate umpire.
This caused a very negative reaction by many of the fans, which would eventually spill over into the top of the eighth when the umpire made another close call that favored the visiting Firebirds.
After added jeering from the Bombers' fans, the home plate umpire had heard enough and left the field in the middle of the inning. The game was stopped for several minutes while the field umpire prepared to finish the game behind the plate by himself.
The players didn't let the incident affect them, however, and the game continued as normal after the scene.
"I was really proud of the Sikeston players along with my players," said Walden. "I thought both clubs played extremely hard through the adversity of the game. My hat's off to Sikeston, and I'm just proud of our kids for not giving up."
Both teams scored one run each in the seventh and the eighth innings to set up the 3-3 tie going into the 10th.
After allowing the one run in the top of the inning, the Bombers failed to respond like they had earlier in the game.
The win increased Farmington's already stellar record to 17-4.
Despite not coming out on top, Marshall was very pleased with the way his team stuck with the talented Farmington club.
"Every game we play them, we play them very tough," said Marshall. "Unfortunately there were some problems around the game. But you have to look past that and concentrate on the play. We played a heck of a game and I'm proud of them."
Scott got the 10-inning complete-game victory for Farmington. Robbins, who relieved Harper in the seventh, was saddled with the loss.
The Bombers got hits from Elmore (1-3, 2 runs, 2 SBs, HBP), Matt Bucher (1
-4), Jamie Puckett (1-2, walk) and Robbins (1-3).
Farmington's hitters were first baseman Ben Schnurbusch (3-3, 2 doubles, walk), Lucas Hulsey (2-5, RBI), third baseman Michael Hall (1-4) and second baseman Scott Hubbard (1-4, run).