June 12, 2013
The Sedalia junior legion team hasn’t seen much of Liberty Park this season.
Not only was the team scheduled to be on the road for 10 games in the first half of June, three scheduled home dates in late May were washed out by rain.
“It’s tough on them but they just want to play baseball,” said manager Brent Hodge. “With all the rainout dates we’re just eager to get on the field.”
The team will finally get to play a game on Dey Field today, hosting a doubleheader against Versailles at 6 p.m.
They also come in on a high note. After a sweep at the hands of Warrensburg to open the season, they have picked up wins over Boonsville and St. Josephs on the way to a 5-4 record.
“Our past four games we’ve played some pretty good defesnee, very few errors,” Hodge said. “If you have just a few errors at the junior legion level you’re going to play good baseball. We’ve got a lot of things going right now.”
Because of the rainouts, Hodge has not had much of a chance to evaluate the players he has or set a pitching rotation. Secure in the rotation so far are Smith-Cotton’s Dom Zerilli and Northwest’s Trey Green
“Dom and Trey have been throwing real well for us,” Hodge said.
Several other pitchers are in the mix for spots, including Smith-Cotton’s Roberto Ramierez.
“He looked well at the beginning of the season when we didn’t have the defense we should behind him,” Hodge said.
Another Smith-Cotton pitcher expected to be in the mix is Dalton Zaremba.
Smith-Cotton players are also contributing the the junior legion team on offense, including infielder Steven Bradbury.
“He’s spraying the ball to all parts of the field, line drives, hits in key situations, you name it, he’s picked it up,” Hodge said. “He knows what he needs to do to be successful and he executes.”
Still just nine games into the season, Hodge is trying several different lineups in hopes of finding the right one.
The team will be spending more time at home next week, hosting three doubleheaders beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday against Marshall.