Quincy pitcher Justin Tallman struck out 12 and walked no one in a 6-1 win over the Travelers on Friday in the first game of the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
The Travelers put together a couple of hits and scored a run in the second. Ian Dotson and Cody Kozak opened the inning with back-to-back opposite field singles. Dotson then scored when Ryan Burk beat out an infield single with two outs.
But Tallman recovered, retiring the next 10 Travelers he faced. In all, Sedalia went down in order in four of the first five innings. A strikeout ended the third and Sedalia then was set down one-two-three in the third, fourth and fifth innings. In the third, Tyler Cott hit a sharp line drive which went directly to the shortstop. In the fourth, Kozak hit a drive deep to center which Quincy’s Brad Unmisig caught on the warning track. Another sharp liner from Lane McFail ended a one-two-three fifth.
“He did a good job,” said Travelers manager Jade Samborski. “He found our hole and he kept on popping it in there.”
Chance McMullin led off the sixth with an infield single and reached third with a stolen base and a wild pitch, but Tallman struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning. Tallman finished the game, retiring the Travelers in order in the seventh.
“JT was money,” said Quincy manager Greg Gilbert. “He does that all the time. If you don’t get to him the first one or two innings, you’re probably not going to get to him. He can throw it all day.”
Quincy got to Travelers starter Matt Miles in the first as a Joey Polak triple scored Andrew Eilers. They added two more in the third. With runners on the corners, Eilers stole second and the throw went into center field, allowing Alex Million to score from third. Eilers later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Another sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth put Quincy ahead 4-1. Quincy added two more runs in the sixth, one on a grounder and the other on a throwing error.
Miles pitched six innings and struck out six, allowing six hits and walking four.
“He still throws too many pitches, walks people he doesn’t need to walk,” Samborski said. “When he’s on, he’s on. He just needs to be on more consistently and he’ll be that go-to guy that we need.”