The hot streak continued for the Rick Ball Ford Sedalia Juniors American Legion Baseball team Monday at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
After winning the Wood Bat Tournament during the weekend, the Juniors had a dominant performance in their district championship doubleheader against the Lexington Minutemen, winning game one 26-1 in four and a half innings and taking game two 16-5 in five innings.
In game one, Sedalia scored two in the first and eight in the third, but the second inning broke it open. The Juniors went through their lineup twice and scored 16 runs.
Chase Hagle singled twice and doubled once in the second inning, driving in three runs.
“That was crazy, man,” Hagle said. “I’ve never really had three at-bats in a game before. We were knocking them.”
Coach Jeff Mays said it was nice to see the rare occurrence of three hits in an inning.
“You don’t see things like that very often,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen 16 runs in an inning, too.”
The Juniors swept a doubleheader against Lexington early in the season.
“They are down some players and got some people hurt, which is obviously hurting them,” Mays said. “They are trying to get it all going and build a program. They are working hard. They are giving it all they got.”
Monday’s wins earned Sedalia the District 7 title. Since the district has two teams, both teams qualified for the Zone Tournament later this month.
Mays said the team kept motivated even though they were guaranteed a spot in the Zone Tournament.
“You don’t want them to not keep being aggressive,”Mays said. “You want them to keep being aggressive because that’s the kind of baseball we play. We take the extra bases and it’s kind of hard to stop a horse from running. You want him to go out there and go and do what he’s supposed to be doing.”
The Juniors did that, recording 17 hits in game one and 15 in game two. Hagle went perfect at the plate in game one with two doubles and two singles. Gavin Jones tripled twice and singled once, driving in five runs. Jayce Simoncic singled twice, doubled once and scored three times.
Christian Jones pitched all four innings of game one, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four.
Christian wasn’t available for this past weekend’s tournament.
“He needed to get back on the mound because he wasn’t here this weekend,” Mays said. “He had basketball going on. He needed to come and throw a little bit because we’ll need him next weekend at the Fike Tournament.”
Monday’s outcome determined who each team will play in the Zone Tournament. They will play the winner out of the St. Joseph district and the Minutemen play the winner from the Kansas City district.
“We definitely wanted to win these two games,” Mays said. “We’d liked to face that St. Joe team first.”
In game two, Corbin Mertgin went perfect at the plate with four singles. Connor Spunaugle pitched all five innings of game two, striking out nine. He also doubled and tripled.