Senior Legion baseball: Travelers’ tournament games cut from 4 to 2
Rain has affected the schedule for the Jimmy Glenn senior American Legion baseball tournament this weekend at Liberty Park.
Originally scheduled to play four games over the weekend, the bad weather has washed out Saturday’s games.
The Travelers were scheduled to face Hi-Boy, of Independence, at 12:30 p.m. and Chillicothe at 8 p.m.
The schedule for Sunday will be played as planned, with the Travelers facing Jefferson City at 12:30 p.m. and the Harrisonville Moose at 8 p.m.
This creates a problem for manager Mark Carey, who thought he would have four games this weekend to evaluate his pitching staff.
“We’re trying to get a feel for what spot guys belong in,” he said. “We’ll see a lot of guys in the two games.”
Among the pitchers who haven’t thrown yet in Legion ball this summer are Ian Dotson, Zach Bishop and Henry Tietz.
“I’m looking for those guys to get on the bump,” Carey said.
“Those are three arms I’m looking forward to seeing that I just haven’t seen.”
Carey said A.J. Paul is likely to start one game but the other starter is still up in the air. He said unless a starter is pitching lights out, he’ll make pitching changes just to get more guys on the hill.
“We still have a lot of guys left to throw who haven’t thrown yet,” Carey said.
Carey has seen them throw in the cage and in practice but said there is a lot you can’t tell about a pitcher unless you see him in a game.
“I like to see their competitiveness,” he said. “That’s No. 1 in summer ball. The summer can get long, and you have to stay competitive out there.”
The Travelers enter the weekend 1-5 after being swept in the home-opening doubleheader by Fike, of Blue Springs, on Wednesday.
The Travelers had a chance to win the first game but stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.
Fike scored in the top of the seventh to break a 5-all tie and win the game. Fike won the second game 11-1 in five innings.
After leaving 14 runners on base in the first game and managing three hits in the second, Carey said his team needs a different approach at the plate.
“We preach to stay on top of the ball,” he said. “I’d rather see the guys hit the right-center gap than the left-center gap.
“We’re swinging the bats pretty well. Our losses aren’t bad losses, we just can’t come up with that two-out hit when we need it.”
With the shortened schedule, the Travelers will not play Hi-Boy in this tournament but will see Jefferson City.
“I’m sure they’ll come in here and they’ll be able to pitch it, they’ll be able to field it and they’ll be able to hit it pretty well,” Carey said.
“But we have a team this summer that we feel can compete with Jeff City.”
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