The American Legion Post 642 Sedalia Travelers have won two straight games after going on a three-game losing streak. The Travelers swept the Independence Bears 12-2 and 12-1 Wednesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park, which puts them at 8-4 this season.
The second of those wins was credited to pitcher Taylor Schubert, who pitched a no-hitter in the five-inning game. He struck out 10 Independence batters.
He said he would work his fastball inside and mix in a curveball on the outside corner for strikeouts.
“That was really working to my advantage to keeping hitters off-balance,” he said.
Schubert has had no-hitters in the past, but he said this one was different.
“I’ve never had 10 strikeouts in a no-hitter,” Schubert said. “I’ve never came close to that many.”
Lane McFail managed behind-the-plate duties for Schubert, and coach Jade Samborski said he usually pairs them together.
“Lane hasn’t caught a lot in high school, so he’s kind of working in as one of our second or third catchers,” he said. “For some reason it just seems like they click.”
Schubert’s performance wasn’t that surprising to Samborski.
“He was in the strike zone all night long,” Samborski said. “He challenged the hitters and threw a lot of strikes. He’s been doing that all summer. He’s probably been the most consistent strike thrower this summer.”
The bats were also working for the Travelers Wednesday. Cody Kozak and Cortlen Austin led Sedalia with three hits each. Chance McMullin added two hits.
Ian Dotson and Ryan Burk each drove in two runs, while Kozak recorded one RBI.
The Travelers are scheduled to take the field for two doubleheaders this weekend. Schubert said the team will use the boost they got from the two wins against the Bears when they take on Warrensburg and the Mid-Mo Bombers.
“It was really good to bounce back,” he said. “We definitely needed that. It was a definite team confidence booster going into our district games 2-0.”
Sedalia is scheduled to host Warrensburg at 11 a.m. Saturday and the Mid-Mo Bombers at noon Sunday.
“They are two big games,” Schubert said. “They are two rivalry games. I think we are going to do OK. I’m really confident with the team right now.”