Folks fished in the ponds, swam in the pools and played on the fields at Liberty Park on Memorial Day Weekend as Sedalia’s junior legion, Sedalia Rick Ball Ford, opened their season, kicked off summer and hosted a tournament.
The hosts were 4-0 on the tournament, winning their final primetime matchup in walk-off fashion. Gunnar Creach’s 2-RBI single gave Sedalia the edge in the seventh inning. Nick Anders tossed five innings and earned a no decision.
Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer for most, but school’s not quite out for some of Sedalia’s players. With Lincoln and Northwest still competing in their respective state tournaments in O’Fallon, Rick Ball Ford’s roster is without six members.
Head coach Brent Hodge said he was pleased with the team’s flexibility in the season’s early goings.
“These first three games we’ve said, ‘Hey, you ever been in the outfield before? You are today,’” Hodge said. “This age is great because, for the most part, they are up for anything.”
The Smithton Storm, in their inaugural season, finished 2-2 at the Memorial Day Tournament. A dropped popup in left field doomed them in and 8-inning, 6-5 loss to Blue Springs Elks. The Storm returned with six runs in the first two innings against Chillicothe’s Junior Legion in a 9-4 victory to close out the tournament. Chillicothe was winless at Liberty over the weekend.
Blue Springs Elks was 3-1 at the tournament and Post 1000 Fort Osage-Independence was 1-3 after defeating Chillicothe on Saturday.
RESULTS: MAY 28
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford 4, Blue Springs Elks 3
Blue Springs Elks 10, Chillicothe Junior Legion 1
Post 1000 Independence 4, Chillicothe Junior Legion 3
Smithton 7, Post 1000 Independence 6
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford 9, Smithton 1
Blue Springs Elks 11, Post 1000 Independence 2
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford 6, Post 1000 Independence 4
Blue Springs Elks 6, Smithton 5
Smithton 9, Chillicothe Junior Legion 4
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford 9, Chillicothe Junior Legion 8
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