The Sedalia Travelers rallied to tie the game in the seventh, but ultimately fell 5-3 in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday against Boonville at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Trailing 3-1, the Travelers put the first two runners on in the bottom of the seventh as Cortlen Austin reached on an error and Ian Dotson walked. The next two batters were retired, leaving it up to Mason Kelchner, who came through with a sharp single to right to score Austin. Dotson scored the tying run when a sharp grounder from Matt Miles found its way through the second baseman’s legs.
But Boonville got a two-out rally of its own in the eighth. An error scored Trevor Huth who had led off the inning with a single. Austin Hulbert followed with a single up the middle to drive home another run.
The Travelers put two on in the bottom of the inning, but a double play and a flyball to center ended the game.
“We got baserunners and put the ball in play and good things happen when you do those things,” said Travelers manager Jade Samborski. “You get down two (in the seventh) with two outs and we scored them. We had to get the ball in play and we did a good job there. I thought we were going to get them in the (eighth) and that double play kind of killed us and you kind of felt the air go out of the balloon, but I was proud of the guys for coming back.”
The Travelers struck first in the game, Chance McMullin scoring in the first on a single by Dom Zerilli, but Boonville scored the next three.
The Travelers put runners on in every inning of the game but from the second through the sixth, the runs did not come around.
“We left a lot of guys on base,” Samborski said. “A lot of guys said they weren’t seeing the ball very well. They’re pitcher’s good, in and out and threw a good curveball that kept us off balance. Just couldn’t get the big hit.”
Taylor Schubert pitched six innings for the Travelers and despite allowing a run in the second, another in the fifth and one in the sixth, he kept Boonville from putting together big innings. In the second, he left a man stranded at third. Boonville loaded the bases with one out in the third before a foul pop up and a strikeout ended the threat. Facing Schubert, Boonville left nine men on base in six innings.
“He’s been like that all summer long,” Samborski said. “He keeps his cool and he doesn’t let the situation effect him. He pitches his game. He doesn’t try to strike out guys, he just gets guys out.”