The Blue Springs A’s had two runners on base before half a dozen pitches were thrown in game one of Wednesday’s twin bill against the Sedalia Travelers at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
The A’s used three singles, a fielder’s choice, two errors and a steal to go up 3-0 after the top of the first inning and went on to win 12-4.
“We just didn’t come out and play our ball game today,” Cortlen Austin said. “It starts with hitting the ball and getting everybody in the game more. We were just kind of dead that first game.”
The Travelers got one run on an error in the first, another in the third on Austin’s solo home run to left-center field and two from Dom Zerili’s double to the left-field corner in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the A’s.
Austin got his home run on a 2-0 count.
“He started out with two balls and I was sitting on a fast ball over the heart of the plate and he gave it to me,” Austin said.
Blue Springs scored three in the first, four in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth and sixth innings.
The loss put the Travelers at 10-5 on the season before the second game. The A’s took advantage of five Sedalia errors in game one.
“We can’t give a team like the A’s five errors,” said Travelers manager Jade Samborski. “We can’t give them outs. When we give them outs they are going to make it hurt.”
The second run of the game came on a high throw from Cody Kozak to second base. Blue Springs’ David Stober scored from second base on the play.
In the fourth inning, Ryan Burk had trouble fielding a grounder, which allowed Stober to score from third.
In the sixth inning, Ramon Rivera scored from third after a Burk error.
Taylor Schubert started on the mound for the Travelers, going five innings. Half of the 10 runs he allowed were unearned. He walked none and struck out two.
Trey Green pitched the sixth and seventh innings, giving up two unearned runs. He walked one and struck out one.
“Our pitchers threw very well,” Samborski said. “They were in the zone, they were forcing contact, which we talk about forcing contact within the first three pitches.”
The Travelers did have some bright spots defensively. Chance McMullin made a diving catch to his right in center field for the first out of the second inning.
In the third inning, Luke Miller grounded out to Steven Bradbury at second base. Jared Lafel got caught in a rundown because he had to avoid Bradbury’s tag before he threw to first base. Kozak threw it to Bradbury, who threw it back for Kozak to tag out a sliding Lafel.
The A’s made a run-saving defensive play in the second inning. Tyler Cott led off the bottom half of the inning with a triple to left field, but he tried to score on a Bradbury grounder to third base and was thrown out at home.
Five Travelers recorded one hit. Stober led the A’s with three hits and three RBIs. Four A’s had two hits and two others tacked on a hit apiece.
Corbin Hare allowed three earned runs in five innings on the mound for the A’s. Stober pitched two scoreless innings to close things out.
The Travelers have a quick turnaround with a doubleheader today against Independence Post 21. Game one is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.