Dalton Christian hit a two-run homer in the first game and pitched a complete game in the second as the Sedalia Travelers senior Legion baseball team split a doubleheader with Lee’s Summit on Saturday at Dey Field, falling in the first game 9-4 before taking the second 11-2.
Christian struck out seven in game two and allowed six hits, three of them in the seventh inning.
“I was able to locate my fast ball,” he said. “I didn’t have to do too much because I had my defense behind me. They made most of the plays and (Zach) Bishop behind the plate did an awesome job. It’s pretty easy when you’ve got a good catcher and good defense.”
The Travelers jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the third. Henry Tietz hit a triple to right to drive home A. J. Paul with the game’s first run.
“I just saw an outside pitch and tried to take it that way,” Tietz said. “It went to the fence and I got a triple out of it. It wore me out. It was a little hotter than usual.”
Matt Miles then drove in Tietz with a single and scored a run of his own on a wild pitch.
After Christian drove home Ian Dotson in the fourth, The Travelers scored four in the fifth. Tietz drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Dotson, Christian scored on a wild pitch and a single from Miles scored Paul and Tietz.
The Travelers added three more in the top of the seventh. Cole Simoncic scored on an error and a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch brought home Caleb Tanguay and Bishop.
In the first game the Outlaws jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Travelers rallied. Bishop led off the fourth with a double and later scored on a single by Tietz. In the fifth Dotson single to drive home Darion Lawrence and Christian followed by taking an inside fast ball over the left-field wall to cut the lead to 5-4.
“I was surprised I got it over,” he said. “I kind of just threw my hands and let the barrel do most of the work.”
The Travelers had chances to tie the game but could not cash in. After Christian’s home run in the fifth Paul was hit by a pitch and Tietz singled but the Outlaws got out of the jam with no more runs scoring. In the sixth inning Tanguay reached second but a strikeout ended the threat.
Lee’s Summit then scored four runs in the top of the seventh to pull away with three of those runs scoring on bad breaks. With two-out Herb Byers hit a ball that bounced off the led of pitcher Taylor Schubert, driving in a run, then Adam Jameson bounced a grounder off the umpire to score two more.
The Travelers will visit Oak Grove Sunday at noon.