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Bombers win in the 10th

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bootheel Bomber third baseman Jamie Puckett.
SIKESTON - After losing 4-3 in 10 innings on Tuesday, the Sikeston Bootheel Bombers turned the table on the Farmington Firebirds by scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th to come away with the 5-4 victory at VFW Stadium on Wednesday.

The Bombers took advantage of an untimely fielding blunder by Farmington to overcome a two-run deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at four, then capitalized on two wild pitches by relief pitcher Shane Mayberry to win in extra innings.

The game was a great comeback for the Bombers after they failed to do the same just the night before.

"We got down early, but the guys didn't quit," said Bombers head coach Matt Marshall. "That's the most important thing. They just kept battling back and getting a run or two. They just climbed back and gave themselves the opportunity to win."

The Bombers (11-15) jumped out to an early start by scoring two in the first off of Firebirds hurler Caleb Cooley. An RBI-single by outfielder Brent Telona scored Jared Elmore, and then a hit by DeLoach knocked in third baseman Jamie Puckett.

The Bombers bats would then go cold, not plating another run for the next seven innings.

The Firebirds (17-5) touched Bootheel starting pitcher Trey Bowman for two runs in the fourth and one in the seventh.

They tacked on their final score off of relief pitcher Dan Robbins in the eighth.

Down 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, shortstop Jose Lopez got an RBI single to pull the team within one. After Jared Elmore's base hit moved Lopez to second, a soft dribbler off the bat of Puckett was fielded and thrown out of play by the second baseman, allowing Lopez to score the tying run.

After Robbins held the Firebirds scoreless in the top of the 10th, the catcher Scott DeLoach led off the Bombers' half of the inning with an infield single, then reached second when the shortstop threw the ball away.

Mayberry, who had just come in that inning, threw a wild pitch to the next batter to move DeLoach to third, then let another ball slip to the backstop that allowed the Bombers catcher to stroll into home easily for the game-


While it wasn't a pretty victory for the Bombers, Marshall felt the win was a result of an all-around performance by his club.

"It was a great team effort," said Marshall. "Every guy came up big when he needed to. Guys got on base and ran well. Both pitchers threw excellent. Everybody did what we had to do to win. Everyone contributed something."

Winning such a tight game could give a nice boost to a team that has fallen short in many close contests throughout the season.

"Any close win is good for a team," said Marshall "Those are the kinds of games you want to see. The adrenaline is flowing, and everyone's excited and every play and pitch counts. It's nice to win these."

Bombers pitcher Robbins earned the win in three innings of work.

Mayberry took the loss for the Firebirds.

The Bombers were led offensively by Elmore (3-5, run), Puckett (2-4, run) and DeLoach (2-2, RBI, run).

The Firebirds were led offensively by Luke Garber (2-6) and Michael Hall (3-5, run).