The last time the Jefferson City Renegades played a home game at Vivion Field, they lost 7-3 to Joplin and fell to 7-9 on the season in MINK League play.
That was June 22. Since then, rain and the MINK League All-Star Game have altered the Renegades' schedule, and playing on the road tends to be harder than playing at home. Jefferson City went 5-9 during its adventures away from home, with three wins coming at Sedalia.
Three weeks later, Jefferson City returned home, falling 14-6 to Sedalia on Tuesday night behind 13 walks and a handful of errors that helped key big innings for the Bombers. The Renegades have lost six straight and are now 12-18.
Sedalia struck first, plating five runs in the top of the second against starter Andrew Paten. Paten walked the leadoff man, came back with a strikeout and got a grounder to second that should have been the second out, and the next hitter lined out, which would have got the Renegades out of the inning unharmed.
But a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, a walk drove in the first run, then a double to the wall, a fielding error and a throwing error allowed four more runs to score.
The Renegades had a chance to score in the second, but Tommy Ruether was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a single to right.
Jefferson City got two runs back in the third inning, thanks to an Ale Claro walk, a single from Drew Mize, an RBI double from Josef Keilholz and an RBI single from David Dell. Keilholz and Dell both finished with two hits for the Renegades, as did Carter Mize.
The second inning proved to be emblematic of Jefferson City's struggles, as the Bombers added four more in the fourth. A leadoff walk and a stolen base put a runner on second for Braden DeSoria, who laced one of his four hits for an RBI single up the middle.
Another single followed, then Sedalia tried to sacrifice bunt to move both runners up, but the throw from third base sailed high, scoring two runs and moving the sacrifice to third base. A sacrifice fly provided the first out of the inning, and also scored the Bombers' final run of the inning.
The Renegades pulled to within 9-6 in the sixth. Ruether drew an RBI walk in the fifth, then Dawson Schuemann led off the sixth with a pinch-hit double. He and Claro both scored on errors, and Dell made it a three-run game, scoring Keilholz with a single.
But Sedalia continued to draw walks and put pressure on Jefferson City pitchers, scoring twice in the seventh and three more times in the ninth to cap off the eight-run win.
The Renegades hit the road again today, playing at 7 p.m. at Joplin.