SEDALIA, Mo. - After Matt Westphal sent a three-run home run sailing over the left field fence, it would appear as though the Renegades were headed toward the same disappointing result the last time these two teams got together. The Jefferson City Renegades (6-3) trailed the Sedalia Bombers (6-4) 4-0 after just three innings of play, and as starting pitcher Dalton Erger stated in his postgame interview, “It would have been easy to give up.”
The Renegades did anything but, striking for three in the fourth, five in the fifth, and another five in the sixth, coming from behind to take a commanding 13-4 lead.
From that point on, Erger didn’t allow a single run as he rode his red-hot offense to a 15-4 victory. To make matters even better for him individually, the four runs he gave up weren’t even earned as errors helped keep Sedalia on to the scoreboard both times.
In relief, Ethan Rackers delivered two scoreless innings and Ben Fugitt took the Renegades to the finish line, continuing the trend of fine pitching that Jefferson City has displayed this week. On offense, the MINK League hits leader Quincy Jones added three more to his total, scoring three runs while also driving in two in the process. Nipping just a hit behind, his teammate Tyler Bracht delivered three hits as well while manning the keystone – the fourth position Bracht has made a start at across nine games so far.
Renegades catcher Jady Reese collected two hits on the night picking up his first hit of the season that ended an 0 for 7 streak and his first ever MINK League home run. Sitting dead red, Reese blasted a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall at Liberty Park Stadium in the 6th inning.
All in all, the Renegades sent 51 hitters to the plate – the exact number as the night before against Joplin. Jefferson City is a perfect 2-0 to start their road trip this week, and travel to the home of the defending MINK League champion St. Joseph Mustangs tomorrow. You can stream the rest of the road trip by clicking below: