Rain and thunder cut short the Sedalia Junior Legion Wood Bat Tournament on its last day of games Sunday.
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford, scheduled to play the Blue Springs Elks at 6:20 p.m. in the tournament final, finished the tournament 3-0 after two wins Friday and holding on for a 4-3 victory Saturday over Blue Springs Fike.
Before the tournament, head coach Brent Hodge said it would be a disappointment if Sedalia Rick Ball Ford wasn’t playing in the championship game. They never did play it, but it was a different kind of disappointment.
“The rain just kept coming,” Hodge said. “As soon as the rain started, we had two or three scenarios in our head – rescheduling, playing games later – we were good to go. But the rain kept coming down. If it would have stopped raining, we’re ready in 10 minutes. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”
Sedalia Rick Ball Ford scheduled a seven-inning game with their would-be championship opponents, the Blue Springs Elks, for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
The Blue Springs Elks won their pool with a 9-4 victory over Independence Post 1000 during Sunday’s first and only game. The tournament was called after a delay of about two hours in the fourth inning of a game between Jefferson City and Rock Bridge – Team 2.
Saturday’s action was uninterrupted. Sedalia Rick Ball Ford won their only game of the day 4-3, surviving a Blue Springs Fike three-run sixth inning to seal the victory. Cash Miller was the winning pitcher, striking out three in a complete-game performance.
An RBI single from Corbin Reese to score Grant Eifert broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth.
Rock Bridge (Team Two) 6, Independence 4
Blue Springs Elks 3, Jefferson City 2
Blue Springs Fike 8, Chillicothe 7
Jefferson City 14, Independence 1
Sedalia 4, Blue Springs Fike 3
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