Senior Legion baseball: Travelers qualify for zone tournament
After eliminating Fike, of Blue Springs, and Hi-Boy, of Independence, on Saturday, the Sedalia Post 642 Travelers secured a spot in the Zone 2 tournament.
However, their hopes of winning the District 5 championship ended Sunday after Oak Grove beat them 9-5 at Liberty Park Stadium-Dey Field.
Rain delays on Saturday pushed the Hi-Boy game to a 10 p.m. start, and ended after 1 a.m. with the Travelers getting the 10-4 win.
“We got to bed at about 3:30 a.m. and had to wake up and pull the tarp at 7 just to get this game in,” said Travelers manager Mark Carey. “So I’m proud of them in the way they fought.
“We had a dog fight getting into zone. I’m proud of them.”
Carey said fatigue was a factor on Sunday, but he was proud of the effort.
“They showed me a lot of fight today,” he said. “What our bodies allowed us to do today, we did it.”
The Travelers (29-22) averaged more than eight runs per game in the tournament before Sunday, and were able to drive in five runs off 11 hits against Oak Grove.
“Our approaches at the plate were good, just some of our swings were lagging behind from the fatigue,” Carey said.
Austin Bullerd got the loss after allowing six runs (three earned) and 11 hits in four innings.
A.J. Paul threw four innings of relief after starting the game at first base. He allowed three runs (one earned) off two hits and walked two.
“We didn’t have much left,” Carey said. “The reason why A.J. Paul didn’t start was to keep the DH in the game as long as we could.”
Oak Grove starting pitcher Cole Doherty earned the win after allowing five runs (two earned) on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and zero walks in eight innings.
Corey Bolin finished the game on the mound after starting at second base.
Oak Grove scored two runs in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings, and got one run in the sixth.
The Travelers drove in two runs in the fifth and eighth, and one in the third.
Colton and Cameron Hilbrenner scored in the first after leading off the inning with singles. They combined to go 5 for 9 with five singles and five runs.
The Travelers tried to rally a couple of times, but both fell short.
Sedalia had runners on second and third and no outs in the fifth, but Chance McMullin struck out swinging and Darion Lawrence grounded out to the shortstop.
Paul scored on that play, and Luke Archibeque scored when Ian Dotson reached on an error by the second baseman to make it 6-3 Oak Grove. Zach Bishop flied out to center field to end the inning.
Sedalia later got down 9-3, but two runs in the eighth pulled them within four runs.
Dotson led off the inning with a triple to deep right field and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bishop.
Henry Tietz scored after reaching second base on an error, advancing to third on a Matt Miles single and coming home on a balk.
The Travelers got two on with two outs in the ninth, but Oak Grove shortstop Tim Collins tagged second for the final out off a Spencer Ruckman ground ball.
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