Liberty Park opens summer with Junior Legion tournament


Sedalia Rick Ball Ford, hosts of the tournament, 4-0 to open season

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Jake Neal fires a pitch for the Smithton Storm during a 6-5 loss Sunday to Blue Springs Elks. Smithton was 2-2 at the Memorial Day Tournament hosted by Sedalia Rick Ball Ford at Liberty Park in Sedalia.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Chillicothe Post 25 Junior Legion’s Trace Staton reaches for the baseball on a warmup throw to first. The Cardinals were 0-4 over the weekend, suffering a 9-8 walk-off loss to Sedalia in the final game of the tournament.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Sedalia Rick Ball Ford pitcher Nick Anders delivers a pitch against Chillicothe at Liberty Park in a 9-8 win Sunday. Anders lasted five innings and earned a no-decision.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

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

MAY 29

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

Jake Neal fires a pitch for the Smithton Storm during a 6-5 loss Sunday to Blue Springs Elks. Smithton was 2-2 at the Memorial Day Tournament hosted by Sedalia Rick Ball Ford at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_5197.jpgJake Neal fires a pitch for the Smithton Storm during a 6-5 loss Sunday to Blue Springs Elks. Smithton was 2-2 at the Memorial Day Tournament hosted by Sedalia Rick Ball Ford at Liberty Park in Sedalia. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Chillicothe Post 25 Junior Legion’s Trace Staton reaches for the baseball on a warmup throw to first. The Cardinals were 0-4 over the weekend, suffering a 9-8 walk-off loss to Sedalia in the final game of the tournament.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_5210.jpgChillicothe Post 25 Junior Legion’s Trace Staton reaches for the baseball on a warmup throw to first. The Cardinals were 0-4 over the weekend, suffering a 9-8 walk-off loss to Sedalia in the final game of the tournament. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Sedalia Rick Ball Ford pitcher Nick Anders delivers a pitch against Chillicothe at Liberty Park in a 9-8 win Sunday. Anders lasted five innings and earned a no-decision.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_5252.jpgSedalia Rick Ball Ford pitcher Nick Anders delivers a pitch against Chillicothe at Liberty Park in a 9-8 win Sunday. Anders lasted five innings and earned a no-decision. Alex Agueros | Democrat
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford, hosts of the tournament, 4-0 to open season

Alex Agueros

[email protected]

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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