SIKESTON - The Bootheel Bombers (4-3) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night as the Union City Greyhounds (3-1) slipped by late in the game to get the 5-3 victory.
The contest was tied 3-3 after eight, but two runs by the Greyhounds in the top of the ninth proved to be too much for the Bombers to overcome.
"It was a heck of a game," said Bombers head coach Matt Marshall. "It came down to the wire. We just couldn't pull it out."
The Bombers' first run came in the second on an RBI single by Brent Telano. After falling behind 3-1, Bootheel plated two in the eighth to tie on RBI singles by Scott DeLoach and Sikeston High School product Jamie Puckett, who had a big day in the box with three hits.
Despite not being able to come away with the victory, Marshall is happy with the recent improvement of his team's play.
"The team is getting stronger and stronger every game," said Marshall. "We had just won four in a row. We can't win every game in a row, but we can still get better."
Marshall was also pleased that his players battled back and didn't give up until the end.
"They didn't quit," said Marshall. "I'm very happy with that."
Union City pitcher Kennedy White picked up the win, while Bombers pitcher Dan Robins got the loss.
Leading hitters for the Bootheel Bombers were Jamie Puckett (3-4, triple, RBI) and Scott DeLoach (2-4, RBI).
The Bombers were scheduled to play at Union County on Saturday. Their next home game is June 26.