Despite his team going 1-3 in the Independence Memorial tournament, Sedalia Post 642 Travelers coach Mark Carey remains optimistic about his senior American Legion baseball team.
The Travelers salvaged a win Sunday, beating the Lee’s Summit Outlaws 9-3.
Post 642 benefited from the Outlaws’ walks and errors, according to Carey.
Oak Grove defeated the Travelers 12-0 in the tournament finale.
“I’m very pleased,” Carey said of his team’s weekend performance. “We’re looking at a bright future. We’ve got four kids from Marshall and three pitchers coming.”
Marshall will compete in the Class 3 state semifinals on Thursday at Springfield, and Collin Nolting, of Class 1 state quarterfinalist Tipton, will join the team this week.
Against the Outlaws, Charles Chadwick and Austin Bullerd combined to hold Lee’s Summit to three runs.
Chadwick, the winning pitcher, struck out six and allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Bullerd pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.
Ian Dotson went 2 for 4 with a double for Post 642. Dalton Christian doubled, and Zane Stover went 1 for 3.
Post 642 pitchers struggled with their control in the team’s 12-0 loss to Oak Grove.
The Travelers issued 15 walks and four hit batsmen with Dalton Dull taking the loss.
On Saturday, the Travelers showed improvement in the second of two games.
After losing 12-0 to Blue Springs-Fike in their opener, the Travelers came up short in a 5-4 loss to the Blue Springs A’s.
Stover paced the Travelers with two doubles. Cortlen Austin, Chadwick and Ian Dotson each doubled for the Travelers.
Masson McCown was charged with the loss.
Christian took the loss in the first game.
The Travelers (1-3) will host a doubleheader again Blue Springs-Fike beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.