A trip to the home of baseball’s Hall of Fame ended with a trip to the round of 32 in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational.
The Sedalia Bandits 12-and-under baseball team won its first two games in the 104-team, single elimination tournament before falling to the team which entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed.
In tournament play, the Bandits edged Elon Lil Phoenix (N.C.) 8-7 and beat Titans Select (Wis.) before losing to the Carolina Havoc, a team that ultimately fell to the So Cal Outlaws in the semifinal.
In six preliminary games, the Bandits went 4-2. The opened the tournament with a 9-3 win over the Coppell Cowboys Black out of Texas. The Bandits beat the Carmel Cubs from New York 4-1 in their second game before edging Wisconsin’s Titans Select 5-4.
The Bandits lost to the K-Zone Mustangs from California 10-1 before recovering to beat the Wilmette (Ill.) Travelers 10-3. They closed the preliminaries with a loss to the Louisiana Padres, 19-6.
The 11-member team consists of six players from Sedalia, two from Marshall and one each from Hughesville, Concordia and Fulton.