Sedalia’s junior legion opened the Rick Ball Ford Wood Bat Tournament as hosts Friday with a win.
Rock Bridge, who has two teams in the tournament, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Corbin Reese held his opponents to just one more run in a complete game performance and 6-2 Sedalia Rick Ball Ford victory at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Reese tossed 18 first-pitch strikes, allowed seven hits and struck out three batters. He said his off-speed pitches were effective Friday.
“Early, the curveball was really working, it was breaking well,” Reese said. “And towards the end I started using the changeup a lot more. I liked how it was moving down and out.”
Clayton Meyer and Cash Miller had two RBIs apiece. Meyer, who was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI single. He put Rick Ball up 3-1 in the game’s final inning with another RBI single to score Gunnar Creach
With two outs in the same inning, Miller picked up two insurance runs on a single and error that put him at third standing up. He shot a ball into right field, and the ball bounced under the fielder’s glove.
Rock Bridge used three pinch hitters and converted two Sedalia errors into a run in the seventh.
Sedalia and Rock Bridge had seven hits and two errors each.
Pool play continues at 9:40 a.m. Saturday with Independence and Rock Bridge’s second team. Sedalia is scheduled to play the fifth game of the day at 6:20 p.m. Games will begin early if allowed.
Blue Springs Elks, 7, Rock Bridge (Team Two) 3
Rock Bridge (Team One) 4, Blue Springs Fike 2
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford 1, Chillicothe 0
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford 9, Chillicothe 2
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