Travelers pitchers allowed all of two hits Tuesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park as the Sedalia Travelers Post 642 American Legion team beat Warrensburg Post 131 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader and 10-0 in five innings in the second.
Gehrig Taylor allowed just one hit in a complete game shutout in game one. In game two, Jake Kindle pitched five innings and allowed one hit.
Taylor allowed a single in the second inning but Warrensburg could not muster a hit the rest of the way.
“My curveball was getting hitters off balance,” he said. “My changeup was really getting them out in front. They were swinging at it and it was dropping low. It was all about keeping them off balance.”
An error put a Warrensburg man on in the third but Gavin Jones turned a 6-3 double play. Taylor issued walks each of the next three innings but left one man stranded, picked off another and got the third on an attempted double steal.
“I like to consistently pound the strike zone and get my teammates to help me out,” he said.
The Travelers needed the pitching, getting three three hits of their own in the first game and five in the second.
“We haven’t been hitting real well,” said Travelers manager Jeff Mays. “But I think we’re in the dog days of summer here. We’ve played a lot of games in a short amount of time. We’ll work through it. We’re still working with the same 10 guys, every night we get about 10.”
The Travelers’ offense came from loading the bases twice. In the third inning, Rocky Sell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in Baxter Mays. In the fifth, Sell hit a ball too hot for the Warrensburg shortstop to handle and Mays and Gavin Jones came in as it trickled into left field.
In the second game, the Travelers got on the board with a run in the bottom of the second as Dom Zerilli scored on a Chase Plymell sacrifice fly, then added five in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Christian Jones drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single to left in the fourth. After the Travelers loaded the bases again moments later, an error brought in two more runs. Taylor followed by sneaking a double inside the foul line in left to make it 6-0.
A wild pitch brought Zerilli home in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-0. Sell scored on another wild pitch moments later. The Travelers made it 9-0 when Plymell scored on a Kindle groundout. Baxter Mays invoked the run rule on an RBI single to center to drive in Christian Jones.
Kindle allowed a hit in the first inning of game two and then nothing more the rest of the way. Warrensburg challenged in the third, getting a man to third with one out, but a line out to Baxter Mays at second and a foul ball Zerilli tracked down left the runner stranded.
“We don’t have a lot of guys that can get a lot of strikeouts every night and they’ve got to trust the defense to make the plays behind them,” Jeff Mays added.