MARSHALL - The Sedalia Rick Ball Ford Juniors scored in four of the five innings of Wednesday’s first game at the Marshall Owls on the way to a 14-2 win.
The Juniors got a challenge in game two, but held on for a 5-4 win. Brice Pannier earned the win on the mound after coming in for relief. Gavin Jones earned the save.
In game one, the Juniors scored three in the first, five in the second and third innings and one in the fourth.
The Owls didn’t have full team, so Juniors player Luke Rincker played right field for them.
Three of the Juniors’ 14 runs were earned because the Owls committed 10 errors.
The Juniors used baserunning to help bring in runs. They stole three bases.
“We run the bases so well,” said Juniors coach Jeff Mays. “We just take advantage of any mistake anybody makes. That’s kind of why the score got out of hand.”
Chase Plymell earned the win after allowing one run in three innings. He struck out three and walked three.
“Everything was just kind of working tonight,” Plymell said. “Christian (Jones) was calling the right pitches. I was hitting my spots pretty well and it just felt like everything was pretty loose tonight.”
All three of Plymell’s walks were in the third inning, so Jones had a word with him on the mound.
“He just said throw strikes,” Plymell said. “We were being successful doing that. Just get back in the zone and just keep working with the pitches that I had”
The Owls scored one run in the inning, but Plymell struck out three batters in a row to leave the bases loaded.
“He worked his way out of it,” Mays said. “It’s not that he was very wild. He was just off a little bit.”
Jake McFail struck out five in two innings of relief. He allowed one run and walked one.
“Plymell threw the ball pretty well and Jake McFail threw the ball well and we hit the ball,” Mays said.
Plymell led the Juniors with two hits and three RBIs. Baxter Mays also drove in three runs.
The Juniors host the Zone Tournament next week, but will play some out of state teams in Wichita, Kan. Starting today.
Mays said he knows there will be at least a couple of teams from Kansas and Arkansas.
“It will be real good competition,” he said. “That’s why we are going. To kind of get us tuned up and get us ready for zone and hopefully on to state.”
Plymell said he’s looking forward to the games in Wichita because it will help them get ready for next week’s tournament.
“Based on what I’ve heard we are going to face some pretty good teams,” he said. “I’m excited for it.”