Mason Sanders beat out an infield single with two out in the bottom of the seventh, driving home Gavin jones as the Rick Ball Ford Sedalia Juniors American Legion Baseball team beat Rock Bridge ‘A’ 11-10 in the final in the Sedalia Wood Bat Tournament at Dey Field at Liberty Park Sunday.
Trailing 10-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Juniors scored five runs to walk off with the win and the tournament championship. The Juniors cut into the deficit when Hagel doubled home Sanders in the bottom of the inning. Hagel scored from third on a Jake Kindle sacrifice fly. After Baxter Mays, Gerhig Taylor and Jones drew walks, the winning run was on. Jones beat a throw to second when Chase Plymell grounded to short. Mays scored on the play and the winning run was in scoring position. Luke Rincker then hit a sharp grouner to third which bounced off the bag, allowing the tying run to score.
With the game tied 5-5, the Juniors jumped ahead in the bottom of the sixth. Gavin Jones drew a one-out walk and stole second. He then scored when a shot from Luke Rincker was too hot for the Rock Bridge third baseman to handle.
But they could not hold the lead in the top of the seventh as Rock Bridge scored one run on a groundout and another on a single through the middle. A two-out, bases-loaded double added three more runs.
In a back-and-forth game, the Juniors allowed a run in the top of the first before answering with a three-run rally in the second. Derek Bivins opened the scoring by driving in a run, then scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Mays singled up the middle to score Hagel.
Rock Bridge tied it in the third with a sacrifice fly before taking the lead 5-3 on a pair of two-out singles.
The Juniors tied the game in the fourth when Jones looped a single over the head of the first baseman for an RBI and another run scored moments later on a Chase Plymell sacrifice fly to center to bring home Taylor.
The Sedalia Juniors beat Parkville 7-6 on Sunday to close out pool play unbeaten.
The Juniors scored three in the bottom of the first and led 5-1 at one point before holding on for the win. Parkville entered the final inning down 7-4 and got the first two runners on base. A groundout and a single scored those runs and Landon Turner reached third on a passed ball before Juniors pitcher Jayce Simoncic struck out Bobby McCoy to end the game.
Simoncic got into trouble in the third, allowing three runs as the Patriots batted around, but settled down in the late innings. He allowed a one out double in the fourth before retiring the next eight batters in a row before the Patriots again got the offense going in the seventh.
“We kind of call that a stress inning there in the third,” said Juniors manager Jeff Mays. “He really didn’t struggle too much, he was throwing strikes, they were just hitting him well and his stuff was up. We made a few mechanical adjustments there and he had three good innings.”
Simoncic said he was hitting his spots in the game.
“I was just tyring to put it there and let my defense do their thing,” he said. “It worked out pretty well.”
Sedalia got on the board in the first inning as Rincker doubled to drive home two runs.
“It was just a fastball down the middle and I took advantage of it,” he said. “I just try to be aggressive and barrel one up in the outfield.”
Later in the inning, Plymell scored on a sacrifice fly by Corbin Mertgen. They added to the lead with two more in the second as Baxter Mays came home on a wild pitch and Plymell singled to score Jones to make it 5-1.
Parkville got back into the game with a three-run third before the Juniors scored two more runs. Jones scored on a single by Rincker in the fourth and it was Jones again, scoring on a sixth inning wild pitch with what proved to be the winning run.
After opening the tournament Friday with a win over Rock Bridge ‘B’, the Juniors beat Marshall 7-4 Saturday behind strong pitching from Taylor and Mays.