The Sedalia Travelers tied it up a three apiece in the top of the seventh Sunday against Moberly at Dey Field at Liberty Park, but the Sixers hit a walk-off fly ball to left field to win 4-3 and take third place in the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament.
The Travelers loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, and Dom Zerilli scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1 Moberly.
AJ Paul and Steven Bradbury also advanced on the play, which set up a shot for Chance McMullin to tie it up.
McMullin blooped a fly ball to shallow center field, which dropped right in front of a diving center fielder. Paul and Bradbury scored to tie the game up after the Travelers had been down 3-0 since the fourth inning.
“It’s scored the same way whether it’s in the gap or it’s a blooper or if it’s a hard hit ground ball through a hole,” said manager Jade Samborski. “The center fielder gave it all he’s got. He almost got it and I thought he was going to get it.”
The Sixers got a base runner on second base to lead off the bottom half of the seventh after Cody Kozak’s error at first base.
The next batter bunted a slow roller in front of the mound, which Ryan Burk chased after and threw to Paul at third.
Paul leaped to grab it and came down for the tag, but the runner slid underneath it.
“I didn’t know if I had a play on him,” Burk said. “I heard one then I heard three. I looked and I turned toward the runner and I saw I had him and my throw just wasn’t on.”
Austin Bullerd came to the mound after an intentional walk and he struck out the first batter he faced, but a fly ball to left scored the winning run.
Left fielder Ian Dotson was moved between the mound and second base, so McMullin wasn’t able to catch up to the ball hit near the foul line.
The Travelers finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Quincyon Friday, beating Fulton and Logan-Rogersville on Saturday, and splitting Sunday’s games.
The Travelers played Fulton on Sunday morning because Fulton didn’t have a scheduled opponent for its fourth game of the tournament. Sedalia won 8-6.
Burk said the team did well coming back from Friday’s loss.
“We came back and played well and showed who we truly are,” he said.
Burk went six innings, striking out four and walking one.
“I felt really good in the bullpen right before the game,” Burk said. “After the first inning when I started off with a lot of strikes, I knew I had my stuff today.”
The Travelers will play at the Blue Springs A’s for a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The A’s swept the Travelers earlier this season.